The Central Nervous System for the Earth

Sensors – check.  Vast amounts of data – check.  Huge ambition – check.

Just to make sure that IBM doesn’t have this Smart thing all to itself, HP Labs has gone for it.  Check out this goal:

Create the mathematical and physical foundations for the technologies that will form a new information ecosystem, the Central Nervous System for the Earth (CeNSE), consisting of a trillion nanoscale sensors and actuators embedded in the environment and connected via an array of networks with computing systems, software and services to exchange their information among analysis engines, storage systems and end users.

Holy shit.

This is what I’m interested in:

To conduct this research, we are applying our deep core competence across the disciplines of information theory, quantum mechanics, photonics, nano-electronics, materials and mechanics to:develop efficient and flexible methods for data representation and for analysis and extraction of critical information from vast amounts of heterogeneous data

• New York Times:    A Central Nervous System for Earth: HP’s Ambitious Sensor Network

• HP Labs:   Central Nervous System for the Earth (CeNSE)

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