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IBM Reveals Five Innovations that Will Change Cities in the Next Five Years

December 21, 2009

ARMONK, N.Y. (RPR) 12/21/09 —  IBM (NYSE: IBM) unveiled a list of innovations that have the potential to change how people live, work and play in cities around the globe over the next five to ten years:

·         Cities will have healthier immune systems

·         City buildings will sense and respond like living organisms

·         Cars and city buses will run on empty

·         Smarter systems will quench cities’ thirst for water and save energy

·         Cities will respond to a crisis -- even before receiving an emergency phone call

 An estimated 60 million people are moving to cities and urban areas each year – more than one million every week. The fourth-annual “IBM Next 5 in 5” focuses on cities because the world is experiencing unprecedented urbanization. Last year, our planet reached an important milestone - for the first time in history, the majority of the world’s population resided in cities.

IBM’s Next 5 in 5 is based on market and societal trends expected to transform cities, as well as emerging technologies from IBM’s labs around the world that have the potential to turn these predictions into reality.

Cities must simultaneously address increasing populations and deteriorating infrastructure. IBM is already working with cities around the world to make them smarter so they can sustain growth. In the next five years, by infusing intelligence into cities, they will change in the following ways:  

Cities will have healthier immune systems
Given their population density, cities will remain hotbeds of communicable diseases.  But in the future, public health officials will know precisely when, where and how diseases are spreading – even which neighborhoods will be affected next. Scientists will give city officials, hospitals, schools and workplaces the tools to better detect, track, prepare for and prevent infections, such as the H1N1 virus or seasonal influenza. We will see a "health Internet" emerge, where anonymous medical information, contained in electronic health records, will be securely shared to curtail the spread of disease and keep people healthier. IBM is already working with organizations worldwide, such as the Nuclear Threat Initiative's (NTI) Global Health and Security Initiative and the Middle East Consortium on Infectious Disease Surveillance (MECIDS), to standardize methods for sharing health information and analyzing infectious disease outbreaks.

City buildings will sense and respond like living organisms
As people move into city buildings at record rates, buildings will be built smartly. Today, many of the systems that constitute a building - heat, water, sewage, electricity, etc. - are managed independently. In the future, the technology that manages facilities will operate like a living organism that can sense and respond quickly, in order to protect citizens, save resources and reduce carbon emissions. Thousands of sensors inside buildings will monitor everything from motion and temperature to humidity, occupancy and light. The building won't just coexist with nature - it will harness it. This system will enable repairs before something breaks, emergency units to respond quickly with the necessary resources, and consumers and business owners to monitor their energy consumption and carbon emission in real-time and take action to reduce them. Some buildings are already showing signs of intelligence by reducing energy use, improving operational efficiency, and improving comfort and safety for occupants. China Hangzhou Dragon Hotel (Dragon Hotel) has selected IBM to build an instrumented, interconnected and intelligent hotel management system as part of the hotel's transformation into a "Smart Hotel". Under the agreement, IBM will integrate the hotel's major systems.

Cars and city buses will run on empty
For the first time, the “E” on gas gauges will mean “enough.” Increasingly, cars and city buses no longer will rely on fossil fuels. Vehicles will begin to run on new battery technology that won’t need to be recharged for days or months at a time, depending on how often you drive. IBM scientists and partners are working to design new batteries that will make it possible for electric vehicles to travel 300 to 500 miles on a single charge, up from 50 to 100 miles currently. Also, smart grids in cities could enable cars to be charged in public places and use renewable energy, such as wind power, for charging so they no longer rely on coal-powered plants. This will lower emissions as well as minimize noise pollution. IBM and the Denmark-based EDISON research consortium are developing an intelligent infrastructure to enable the large scale adoption of electric vehicles powered by sustainable energy.

Smarter systems will quench cities’ thirst for water and save energy
Today, one in five people lack access to safe drinking water, and municipalities lose an alarming amount of precious water -- up to 50 percent through leaky infrastructure. On top of that, human demand for water is expected to increase sixfold in the next 50 years. To deal with this challenge, cities will install smarter water systems to reduce water waste by up to 50 percent. Cities also will install smart sewer systems that not only prevent run-off pollution in rivers and lakes, but purify water to make it drinkable. Advanced water purification technologies will help cities recycle and reuse water locally, reducing energy used to transport water by up to 20 percent. Interactive meters and sensors will be integrated into water and energy systems, providing you with real time, accurate information about your water consumption so you will be able to make better decisions about how and when you use this valuable resource.

Cities will respond to a crisis -- even before receiving an emergency phone call
Cities will be able to reduce and even prevent emergencies, such as crime and disasters. IBM is already helping law enforcement agencies analyze the right information at the right time, so that public servants can take proactive measures to head off crime. The Fire Department of the City of New York has selected IBM to build a state-of-the-art system for collecting and sharing data in real-time -- to potentially prevent fires while protecting rescuers. IBM is also designing smart levee systems to prevent cities from devastating floods.

The Next Decade's Top Sustainability Trends
Posted Jan 6, 2010 by Warren Karlenzig

The top ten sustainability stories of the past decade was my last post. What trends are likely the next ten years? One thing for sure, 2010 through 2019 will be one day looked at as 1.) the turning point for addressing climate change by using effective urban management strategies, or it will be remembered as 2.) the time when we collectively fumbled the Big Blue Ball.

1. Bikes Culture 2.0

Time period: 2010-2019

Around the world, bicycles are becoming a potent talisman of our urban post-carbon future. The city of Copenhagen is making noise to replace the Little Mermaid of Hans Christian Andersen fame with something two-wheeled. Copenhagen residents use bikes for 37 percent of all their transit. But bikes in Europe represent more than utility; riding a bicycle with the Velib' bikeshare program in Paris now easily competes (42 million registered users) with taking a spring walk along the Seine. Bikesharing abounds in dozens of European cities as well as in Rio de Janeiro and Santiago, Chile. Look for North American burgs to continue their proliferation of bicycles-as-transit use and bike lane expansion (NYC bicycle use is up 61% in two years). Bikesharing on a large scale should follow new programs in Montreal, Washington DC, and Minneapolis. Note to China: time to reclaim your status as the world's "bicycle kingdom."

Indoor bicycle parking will be common in commercial garages and offices even in businesses like cafes, bars (Gastalt Haus in Fairfax, California, is pictured above), stores and restaurants. On public transportation bicycles will be allowed access at any time. In short, bicycles and their riders will become legit, which will influence fashion, the economies and the design of cities in particular. As musician-turned-bike-rack designer David Byrne observed in his surprise 2009 bestseller Bicycle Diaries, US metro areas in particular might have to be re-engineered completely in some cases to accommodate this massive social transformation:

I try to explore some of these towns--Dallas, Detroit, Phoenix, Atlanta--by bike and it's frustrating. The various parts of town are often "connected"--if one can call it that--mainly by freeways, massive awe-inspiring concrete ribbons that usually kill the neighborhoods they pass through, and often the ones they are supposed to connect as well.

2. Mexico City, Climate Change, and the Future of Cities

Time Period: November-December 2010

Because "Nopenhagen" was a semi bust, the Mexico City United Nations Climate Change conference is taking on much bigger proportions than initially envisioned. The UN COP15 Copenhagen conference resulted in no binding treaty status among any of the 128 nations that attended for them to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions. This year's late fall gathering in Mexico City is likely to set national binding targets for greenhouse gas emissions. If enacted, these targets will set the stage the coming entire decade's greenhouse gas reduction strategies, including sub-national efforts at the regional and city level. After disappointment in Copenhagen, UN Secretary Ban Ki-moon lost no time in preparing for Mexico City, calling on world leaders to sign a legally binding carbon-emission reduction treaty and to contribute to a multi-national fund for developing nations that will be opened this month. Let's hope such a fund adequately addresses sustainable urban development in Asian cities, whose currently unregulated hyper-growth is expected to contribute more than half the world's greenhouse gas increases between now and 2027.

3. The Rise of Cellulosic Biofuels

Time Period 2014-2019

Creating conventional biofuels from corn, soybeans and palm oil as an alternative to petroleum-based gasoline hit numerous roadblocks in the past decade. Carbon-sequestering rainforests in Indonesia continue to be burned down for palm oil plantations; this unforeseen consequence of biofuel demand caused the European Union to back off on large orders of palm oil. Another big unintended consequence emerged when crude oil prices rose to record levels in 2007-2008. Biofuels, including corn-based ethanol created competitionfor agricultural land, resulting in an increase in the cost of food staples.Global corn prices, which biofuels caused to increase an estimated 15% to 27% in 2007 alone, were especially impacted.

Cellulosic biofuels, in contrast, offer the promise by the middle of the decade of creating a viable energy source (one of many that will be needed) from waste products, such as wood waste, grasses, corn stalks, and other non-food products. The trick will be to balance land use with energy production  so that unintended consequences, particularly burning rainforests and urban food price riots (Mexico City in 2007 pictured above) will be a thing of the past. Backed by research funding from the Obama Administration's US Department of Energy (DOE), companies such as Mascoma Corporation and Amyris Biotechnologies (with former Amyris founder Jay Keasling now at the helm of the DOE Joint Biosciences Energy Institute) are some of the current leaders in the quest for a non-food biofuel.

4. The marriage of ICT and Green Cities

Time Period: 2013-2019

Called "the great digital underbelly" of new and retrofitted sustainable cities by Gordon Feller of Urban Age, green ICT (information and communications technologies) holds promise for increasing the energy and resource efficiency of most aspects of urban development. If these technologies can offset their operating and production resource impacts (estimated to use 2-3 percent of total industry energy used, but forecast to double by 2022), the world could benefit from initial increased efficiencies in the 15-25 percent range (pdf). A crowded field that includes IBM, Cisco, General Electric, Siemens and others is positioning to implement new ICT for sustainability in cities, demonstrating applications at the pilot project level. Cities with pilot or operating projects in green ICT include Amsterdam, San Francisco, Masdar City (United Arab Emirates), Seoul, London, Singapore, Beijing, New Delhi, Mumbai, Stockholm and Oslo. The following are Green Smart City applications and examples of companies involved:

          o traffic congestion monitoring and pricing systems: IBM, Capita Group
          o water applications (leakage detection, purification): IBM, Siemens
          o building applications (sense-and-respond technologies to monitor temperature, light, humidity and occupancy): Johnson Controls, Siemens, IBM
          o intelligent public transportation and logistics: PwC, Samsung, Cisco
          o public shared offices with telepresence (pictured above): Cisco, Hewlett-Packard
          o home and office smart appliances that can tie in with smart grid energy applications: General Electric, AT&T, Whirlpool
          o smart grids: General Electric, Schneider Electric, SAP, Oracle, ABB
          o data centers for cities: Google, Hewlett-Packard, Cisco
          o carbon inventories and carbon accounting: Microsoft, Oracle

5. Implementation of Carbon Taxes

Time Period: 2010-2019

Exxon Mobil surprised many in early 2009 when it called for a carbon tax as a way to address global climate change. Whether the former denier of global climate change got religion remains to be seen. Carbon taxes have been proposed for oil, natural gas and coal by many as a way to adjust former so-called market "externalities," or impacts beyond classically defined air pollution, which now includes greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. A handful of nations have some form of carbon tax, mostly in Scandinavia. On the sub-national level, British Columbia and the San Francisco Bay Area recently proposed some form of the tax tax. Costs for carbon taxes can be passed on to consumers directly, or they could be levied on industry, which would likely cause manufacturing and operating costs to be wholly or partially passed onto consumers.

Currently, the costs of producing and using fossil fuels do not take into account the vast damage these activities do to the earth's climate, which is gaining atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations at a rapid rate, endangering the stability of natural ecosystems, people's health, and the economy.

6. The First Big Urban Climate Change Adaptation: Drought

Time Period: 2010-2019

A major effort at climate change adaptation is underway in California as well as other urban areas that are experiencing or are likely to feel the early effects from climate change. Prolonged droughts consistent with the impacts of climate change are being seen in Beijing, Southwestern North America (Mexico City/ LA, etc.) and urban areas in Southeast Australia.

As Maude Barlow (above) writes in her 2008 book Blue Covenant, cities are becoming hotspots not only for suffering from the effects of water shortages, but in many cases urbanization may be actually creating or exacerbating the severity of drought:

Massive urbanization causes the hydrologic cycle to not function correctly because rain needs to fall back on green stuff -- vegetation and grass -- so that the process can repeat itself. Or we are sending huge amounts of water from large watersheds to megacities and some of them are 10 to 20 million people, and if those cities are on the ocean, some of that water gets dumped into the ocean. It is not returned to the cycle.

Adaptation strategies will focus on preparing government, business and citizens for extreme heat events, wildfires (including urban/suburban wildfires), disease, and large-scale migration of populations from impacted areas. Some of the efforts will involve education and community outreach, such as Chicago's efforts to alert the elderly and handicapped to imminent heat waves, or having people check on others that may be vulnerable when conditions warrant. Other measures will require huge chunks of investments in urban public and private infrastructure to prevent coastal flooding and to store dwindling seasonal water supplies, while health care professionals are likely to be first responders to new climate change-boosted disease outbreaks, such as dengue fever. The military is also likely to be added to the mix of climate change adaptation actors.

7. End of Cheap Oil/ Onset of Fossil Fuel Shortages

Time Period: 2012-2019

Besides fresh water, oil is the most threatened increasingly imported resource in developed economies. Energy shortages or supply disruptions are expected to continue to develop because of political acts, terrorism, warfare and natural disasters. The issue is not that the reserves are "running out," but that getting at the remaining oil in a cost-effective manner is becoming increasingly more difficult, as has been outlined in multiple books by author Richard Heinberg (The Party's Over, Peak Everything) and others. As former Shell Oil CEO Jeroen van der Veer said in a 2008 email to employees, "Shell estimates that after 2015, supplies of easy-to-access oil and gas will no longer keep up with demand." Add the coming impacts of global climate change regulations to the scarce oil equation (see Trends numbers 2 and 5 in this post), and oil will continue to be an unpredictable flashpoint for the world economy. In 2007-2008, rapidly rising oil prices helped trigger a deep world recession; during the next decade oil may set off a chain of economic and civil events that could be far more severe.

With market uncertainty for oil prices and oil supplies, this new decade will witness the sunset of exurban-style automotive dependant sprawl in the United States and in many overseas copycat developments, particularly Asia. The overbuilt market for large, totally car-dependent single family homes in outer suburbia is expected by even some developers to not be viable for almost a decade, even if oil prices and supply stay relatively stable. A prolonged recurrence of oil prices above $100-150 a barrel will drive a stake through the heart of the exurban car-only model of real estate speculation, and will hit many other elements (food, imported goods, oil-based products) of the Western economy.

8. Focus on Urban Agriculture and Foodsheds

Time Period: 2012-2019

As fuel prices rise and unexpected energy shortages occur, food prices will rise rapidly, especially for food that must be transported long distances via airplanes, stored and processed. The alternative is greater local and regional food production in and around cities. Existing cities in Latin America (Caracas, Venezuela--pictured above--and Quito, Ecuador), Africa (Dar Es Salam, Tanzania; Kampala, Uganda) and Asia (Seoul, South Korea), have produced significant quantities of produce or aquaculture within their city limits. Cities in North America that have maintained or are building or rebuilding strong regional food networks include Seattle, Honolulu, Boston, Philadelphia and San Francisco. Some newly planned cities are being engineered to produce significant amounts of food that can also be used as a potential energy source or rich compost nutrient. Examples include Masdar City in Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates) and a supposedly scalable community plan called NewVista that is expected to be prototyped in the United States and in Asia: both are innovating the production of food from algae and other low-energy input nutrient sources.

9. Resiliency planning: cities, towns, homes

Time Period: 2010-2019

Resiliency is about making a system or one's self stronger and more able to survive adversity. As the previous items portend, there will no shortage of adversity during the coming decade from climate change and energy supply instability. One of the major social phenomena related to resiliency has been the emergence of the Transition Town movement, which has grown from a few villages in the United Kingdom to Barcelona, Spain, Boulder, Colorado, and Sydney, Australia. The founder of the phenomena, Rob Hopkins, also a Post Carbon Institute Fellow, has used his transition model of Totnes, United Kingdom, to devise a global organizational playbook. The purpose of transition thinking is to prepare people for potential shortages in global energy supplies and food caused by peaking oil and climate change. In contrast to earlier "off-the-grid" movements of the 1970s, Transition Towns can be located in urban neighborhoods as well as in the distant boonies, and they focus on community-scaled solutions in transportation, health, economics and people's livelihoods and personal skills. Tactics of local groups vary widely, with events ranging from the familiar--clothing swaps and art festivals to the seemingly more obscure--"unleashings,"--to policy-laden activities, such as launching a long-term (15-20 years) "Energy Descent Action Plan." The emphasis is on understanding and using collective community resources, including knowledge and skills, that people have in their own sphere of influence, versus waiting for top-down government decrees.

10. Sustainability Movie/ Novel /Art/ Song

Time Period 2010-2019

There has yet to be a significant work of popular art that I am aware of that captures the modern systemic aspirations of sustainability. In terms of modern life, some works have focused on environmental destruction, (Marvin Gaye's song "Mercy Mercy Me"), the terror of abrupt climate change (the unsuccessful 2004 film The Day After Tomorrow), the international political subterfuge behind oil (2005's Syriana with George Clooney, one of my personal favorite films), and the destruction of natural systems (Dr. Seuss's 1971 book The Lorax) or cultural/species depletion (James Cameron's 2009 film Avatar), but no novel, song, painting or movie has come close to depicting a fictional world of what holistic sustainability solutions might look like, even feel like. Any suggestions of existing or planned works that would fit the bill?

Odds are that breakthrough art successfully depicting sustainability will feature or draw upon urban culture in some fashion. After all, cities have gone from being perceived as the opposite of what the "environmental movement" has been trying to save, to the epicenter of this new revolution that is launching in a city or neighborhood near you.

Warren Karlenzig is president of Common Current, an internationally active urban sustainability strategy consultancy. He is author of How Green is Your City? The SustainLane US City Rankings and a Fellow at the Post Carbon Institute.

Originally published January 4, 2010 on the Green Flow blog at


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Copy of a chat log of mine regarding this subject:

[- - ---- --:28:31] anti_illuminati: stop and look at this
[- - ---- --:28:42] ****************: k
[- - ---- --:28:48] anti_illuminati:!
[- - ---- --:29:13] ****************: "  City buildings will sense and respond like living organisms"
[- - ---- --:29:17] ****************: see - man
[- - ---- --:29:28] ****************: you know that this stuff just came to me naturally
[- - ---- --:29:36] ****************: i didn't even have to look at these things
[- - ---- --:29:40] ****************: before the thought popped in my head
[- - ---- --:29:42] ****************: that sense and respond
[- - ---- --:29:46] ****************: would be applied 'societally'
[- - ---- --:29:47] ****************: everywhere
[- - ---- --:30:43] ****************: "In the future, the technology that manages facilities will operate like a living organism that can sense and respond quickly, in order to protect citizens, save resources and reduce carbon emissions."
[- - ---- --:30:54] ****************: 'protect citizens save resources and reduce carbon emissions'
[- - ---- --:30:56] ****************: that is an oxymoron
[- - ---- --:31:02] ****************: one way you can reduce carbon emissions
[- - ---- --:31:11] ****************: is by cutting down on photosynthesis
[- - ---- --:31:20] ****************: and that would 'cut' down on citizens by default
[- - ---- --:31:47] ****************: "Thousands of sensors inside buildings will monitor everything from motion and temperature to humidity, occupancy and light. The building won't just coexist with nature - it will harness it."
[- - ---- --:32:34] ****************: "Today, one in five people lack access to safe drinking water" - depends on what you define by 'safe drinking water' - if you would include fluoride to be 'safe'
[- - ---- --:32:36] ****************: otherwise
[- - ---- --:33:29] anti_illuminati: hey all thanks to Alexander Levis, Cerbrowski, and Ptech heh?  no wonder the Ptech investigatiopn was bullshit and no real investigation was ever done, because it would have unravelled their entire plan for global command and control ultra fascism
[- - ---- --:33:43] ****************: this is really IBM's concentration camp design
[- - ---- --:33:53] ****************: times ten
[- - ---- --:34:02] ****************: this is what they have been working towards
[- - ---- --:34:07] ****************: ever since the fall of the Nazi regime
[- - ---- --:34:20] ****************: IBM, recall, even was the originator behind 'sense and respond' in the first place
[- - ---- --:34:27] anti_illuminati:
[- - ---- --:34:33] anti_illuminati: yeah
[- - ---- --:34:50] ****************: "Bikes Culture"
[- - ---- --:34:53] ****************: Holland is big on that
[- - ---- --:35:08] ****************: they pushed sustainability and conservation down people's throats during the fake '70s oil crisis
[- - ---- --:35:25] ****************: you had car-free Sundays and turning off your electric lights in favor of candlelight
[- - ---- --:35:37] ****************: that's the kind of Pavlovian shit people went through during the '70s here
[- - ---- --:35:43] anti_illuminati: hahahaha what teh f**k?  Theres actually a website named this?
[- - ---- --:35:46] anti_illuminati:
[- - ---- --:35:55] ****************: Dude
[- - ---- --:35:57] ****************: it gets better
[- - ---- --:36:01] ****************: did I ever give you a link to this
[- - ---- --:36:02] ****************: ?
[- - ---- --:36:06] ****************: I saw it on television
[- - ---- --:36:15] ****************:
[- - ---- --:36:27] ****************: Glade Sense & Spray Automatic Freshener
[- - ---- --:36:39] ****************: Motion-activated freshness conserves refill.

Get the freshness you want only when you need it with the first air freshener* with a motion sensor. The innovative Glade® Sense & Spray™ Automatic Freshener smart unit automatically detects motion and releases a concentrated burst of fresh fragrance.
[- - ---- --:36:50] ****************: how about that
[- - ---- --:36:51] ****************: eh
[- - ---- --:36:55] anti_illuminati: yeah I seen shit liek that before
[- - ---- --:37:02] ****************: Sense and shoot
[- - ---- --:37:04] ****************: Sense and spray
[- - ---- --:37:09] ****************: Sense and whatever
[- - ---- --:37:10] anti_illuminati: they even made a commerical for Airwick
[- - ---- --:37:36] ****************: that link you gave me
[- - ---- --:37:47] anti_illuminati: that featured a Bohemian grove owl as the salesman for the product in the copmmerical lol
[- - ---- --:38:06] ****************: sense and respond logistics
[- - ---- --:38:08] ****************: "Our clients are leading corporations in Europe and organisations such as the French environment and energy agency ADEME, Ministry of Agriculture Netherlands, IATA, Port of Amsterdam, OECD, Connekt/Innovation platform Sustainable Logistics in the Netherlands"
[- - ---- --:38:25] ****************: 'Ministry of Agriculture Netherlands' - 'Connekt/Innovation Platform Sustainable Logistics in the Netherlands'
[- - ---- --:38:29] ****************: 'Port Of Amsterdam'
[- - ---- --:38:31] ****************: wtf
[- - ---- --:38:36] ****************: heavy concentration here
[- - ---- --:38:42] ****************: in terms of the sense and respond market
[- - ---- --:38:49] ****************: that would explain
[- - ---- --:38:58] ****************: why they're moving to mandatory GPS tracker boxes inside every car by 2012
[- - ---- --:39:10] ****************: and the Pentagon will have access to all traffic inside The Netherlands
[- - ---- --:39:14] ****************: total command and control over traffic
[- - ---- --:39:20] anti_illuminati: along with IBm yeah
[- - ---- --:39:36] anti_illuminati: which means
[- - ---- --:39:50] anti_illuminati: that they can murder you at will while you;re in your car
[- - ---- --:40:07] ****************: yeah
[- - ---- --:40:17] ****************: or stage 'false flags'
[- - ---- --:40:20] anti_illuminati: yup
[- - ---- --:40:24] ****************: remember that scene in Matrix Reloaded
[- - ---- --:40:26] ****************: on the freeway
[- - ---- --:40:32] ****************: with all those cars dropping in on each other
[- - ---- --:40:39] ****************: that was an 'effects based operation' by the Agents
[- - ---- --:40:52] ****************: it was to dissuade any incoming traffic from coming onto the scene
[- - ---- --:41:15] anti_illuminati: haha wow
[- - ---- --:41:19] ****************: once again - The Matrix also never uses the correct nomenclature
[- - ---- --:41:25] ****************: but everything about sense and respond is in there
[- - ---- --:41:40] anti_illuminati: I need to watch the rest of that movie
[- - ---- --:41:47] ****************: yeah you really need to
[- - ---- --:41:48] anti_illuminati: never got a chance to finish it
[- - ---- --:41:52] ****************: and then you can do that narration
[- - ---- --:42:06] ****************: perhaps you can add some of your own thoughts to it
[- - ---- --:42:55] ****************: btw about those bicycles
[- - ---- --:42:59] ****************: it annoys the f**k out of me
[- - ---- --:43:17] ****************: you have some kind of class distinction here between north and south
[- - ---- --:43:19] ****************: similar to america
[- - ---- --:43:31] ****************: and the north basically think they're more sophisticated and more purely bred or something
[- - ---- --:43:43] ****************: and basically the north basically has this obsession with their f**king bikes
[- - ---- --:43:50] ****************: they need to drag those f**king things all over the place
[- - ---- --:43:56] ****************: they even drag them inside trains
[- - ---- --:45:13] ****************: WTF is this quote from that article
[- - ---- --:45:14] ****************: "Whether the former denier of global climate change got religion remains to be seen"
[- - ---- --:45:22] ****************: "Whether the former denier of global climate change got RELIGION"
[- - ---- --:45:28] ****************: WTF does religion has to do with this?
[- - ---- --:45:37] ****************: "Exxon Mobil surprised many in early 2009 when it called for a carbon tax as a way to address global climate change. Whether the former denier of global climate change got religion remains to be seen. Carbon taxes have been proposed for oil, natural gas and coal by many as a way to adjust former so-called market "externalities,"
[- - ---- --:45:42] ****************: See how they admit their own congame
[- - ---- --:46:27] ****************: Further
[- - ---- --:46:30] ****************:
[- - ---- --:46:42] ****************: What i keep noticing about all this
[- - ---- --:46:47] anti_illuminati: the religion reference is a figure of speech u realize yes?
[- - ---- --:46:48] ****************: is that it's really very childish
[- - ---- --:46:53] ****************: very pedantic
[- - ---- --:47:04] ****************: it's all brought to people as if it's targeted at gradeschool children
[- - ---- --:47:17] ****************: with the polar bears
[- - ---- --:47:22] ****************: and the 'sea levels'
[- - ---- --:47:25] ****************: and all these 'stories'
[- - ---- --:47:31] anti_illuminati: [email protected] people with bikes though like your talking about.  Haha, wow what some f**king socially engineered slaves.
[- - ---- --:47:49] ****************: yeah Holland is a pathetic country
[- - ---- --:48:02] ****************: you know actually
[- - ---- --:48:09] ****************: that 'militias' originated from Holland
[- - ---- --:48:16] ****************: that the Founding Fathers looked towards this country at one point
[- - ---- --:48:23] ****************: to bring the concept of 'homegrown militias'
[- - ---- --:48:28] ****************: and make that into a founding principle?
[- - ---- --:48:42] ****************: but what basically happened here
[- - ---- --:48:46] ****************: a lot of heads were cut off
[- - ---- --:48:52] ****************: by kings and regents
[- - ---- --:49:10] ****************: to basically turn it into a bunch of collectivist scum
[- - ---- --:49:36] ****************: that's what this country amounts to right now
[- - ---- --:50:02] ****************: it's also the same reason why that scientific technocracy back in the '50s was talking about 'human beings as chess pieces; manipulation of humans through social sciences'
[- - ---- --:50:19] ****************: there's some weird thing going on here
[- - ---- --:50:24] ****************: that you have these extremely wealthy companies
[- - ---- --:50:30] ****************: such as Reed Elsevier
[- - ---- --:50:37] ****************: that are part British part Dutch
[- - ---- --:50:44] ****************: same goes for many other institutions
[- - ---- --:51:01] ****************: you also have the same kind of class snobbishness
[- - ---- --:51:05] ****************: and social caste system
[- - ---- --:51:14] ****************: it's just camouflaged better here than it is in England
[- - ---- --:51:33] anti_illuminati: hey
[- - ---- --:51:44] anti_illuminati: I found a book that we need to find
[- - ---- --:51:47] anti_illuminati: look at this shit
[- - ---- --:51:57] anti_illuminati:
[- - ---- --:52:17] anti_illuminati: "The authors argue that lean production should be driven by the desire to achieve optimal customer service by sensing and responding to the customer. The customer is at the center of the process and the organization needs to respond in a holistic way so that the customer can impact on the design and delivery of products and processes. The book is based upon substantial research and practice by leading practitioners and heralds a paradigm shift in thinking on these issues."
[- - ---- --:52:40] anti_illuminati: just like you exposed in that one post you made about the underwear
[- - ---- --:52:54] ****************: the 'underwear'? Oh you mean Minority report
[- - ---- --:52:59] anti_illuminati: yes
[- - ---- --:53:04] ****************: yeah you should look at the ebook sites
[- - ---- --:53:06] ****************: see if that book is on there
[- - ---- --:53:21] ****************: yeah the 'customer'
[- - ---- --:53:24] ****************: he is basically the 'target'
[- - ---- --:53:27] ****************: that's the funny thing
[- - ---- --:53:36] anti_illuminati:
[- - ---- --:53:44] ****************: Sense and respond can be applied to business as easily as war
[- - ---- --:53:55] ****************: it's the same 'sensor' - 'target' relationship
[- - ---- --:54:11] anti_illuminati: hahaha
[- - ---- --:54:12] anti_illuminati: On the move: Advancing military logistics toward sense-and-respond
[- - ---- --:54:18] anti_illuminati:
[- - ---- --:54:55] ****************: Yeah I think I already have that one
[- - ---- --:55:03] anti_illuminati: Carbon management solution from IBM and Oracle
[- - ---- --:55:42] ****************: and people actually beliee
[- - ---- --:55:44] ****************: believe
[- - ---- --:55:48] ****************: that Microsoft is a bigger player
[- - ---- --:55:49] ****************: than IBM
[- - ---- --:55:54] ****************: I don't know what to say
[- - ---- --:56:04] ****************: Microsoft is like a bit player in all of this
[- - ---- --:56:10] ****************: they only get to own maybe the living room
[- - ---- --:56:12] ****************: and the desktop
[- - ---- --:56:15] ****************: and that's it
[- - ---- --:56:21] ****************: everything else will be IBM
[- - ---- --:56:50] anti_illuminati: "The benchmark - IBM and Oracle—recognized leaders

IBM and Oracle are both committed to initiatives focused on energy and the environment.

    * IBM is recognized as the first major multinational organization to achieve a single global registration to the ISO 14001 Environmental Management System (EMS) Standard—a voluntary international standard issued in September 1996, by the International Organization for Standardization.
    * IBM has made an increased commitment to renewable energy sources with direct purchases of wind, solar and biomass-generated electricity, and renewable energy credits.
    * IBM's climate stewardship programs include setting CO2 reduction and energy efficiency objectives for our operations.
    * Oracle was the first software company to participate in the Environmental Protection Agency's Climate Leader Partnership, a program that sets specific goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
    * Oracle is a founding member of the Sustainable Silicon Valley Initiative, a program that follows the Kyoto Accord's goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
[- - ---- --:02:22] anti_illuminati: what teh f**k
[- - ---- --:02:52] anti_illuminati: Zero Carbon Buildings Will Put Pressure On IT
[- - ---- --:03:43] ****************: "As new, passive energy buildings are occupied, the energy consumption associated with IT will stand out like a sore thumb because other areas will be so much more energy efficient"
[- - ---- --:03:47] ****************: Goddamnit man
[- - ---- --:03:47] anti_illuminati: CeBIT: Quarter Of Germans Happy To Have Chip Implants

CeBit: If it means shorter lines at the supermarket, a quarter of Germans would be happy to have a chip implanted under their skin
[- - ---- --:03:53] ****************: they're going to deny you the right to 'run' stuff
[- - ---- --:03:56] ****************: that's what this comes down to
[- - ---- --:03:58] ****************: f**king fascists
[- - ---- --:04:04] anti_illuminati: yup
[- - ---- --:04:17] ****************: CeBIT is f**king scum
[- - ---- --:04:28] anti_illuminati: If you run a powerful computer your a terrorist that needs to be assassinated
[- - ---- --:06:17] anti_illuminati: you literally need your own power generation capability--wtb actual real magnetic perpetual motion engines to generate AC
[- - ---- --:06:42] ****************: just had a whole battalion of biker gangs ride right next to my house LOL
[- - ---- --:07:11] ****************: the people in this country really strike me as stilted 5 foot ten children
[- - ---- --:07:22] ****************: all with their little 'bikes' as their status symbols
[- - ---- --:07:25] ****************: LOL it's so pathetic
[- - ---- --:08:50] anti_illuminati:
[- - ---- --:09:24] ****************: you're on a roll today with this stuff
[- - ---- --:09:26] anti_illuminati: yup no f**king wonder they need IPv6 to adress trillions of things
[- - ---- --:09:33] ****************: yeah
[- - ---- --:09:51] ****************: i remember back when they trotted out the cliche that the ipv4 address space was running out
[- - ---- --:10:09] ****************: they told that lie as part of the cisco semester
[- - ---- --:10:43] anti_illuminati:
[- - ---- --:12:14] ****************: " [IT can make it so the] elements of a building can now be integrated for better management and control. Thousands of sensors can monitor everything from motion and temperature to humidity, precipitation, occupancy and light,"
[- - ---- --:12:16] ****************: I take it this means
[- - ---- --:12:20] anti_illuminati: interesting website here
[- - ---- --:12:21] anti_illuminati:
[- - ---- --:12:24] ****************: this system can 'govern' what you get to do inside your house
[- - ---- --:12:32] ****************: 'sense and respond' - you're using up too much energy today
[- - ---- --:12:43] ****************: that specific appliance/socket no longer works
[- - ---- --:13:07] ****************: sensors track your light usage
[- - ---- --:13:11] ****************: sensors track your 'occupancy'?
[- - ---- --:13:12] ****************: WTF
[- - ---- --:13:28] ****************: they even keep 'track' of when you're 'occupying' your goddamn house?
[- - ---- --:14:25] ****************: Al Gore Boosts IBM's 'Smarter' Strategy
[- - ---- --:14:31] ****************:
[- - ---- --:14:35] anti_illuminati: remember I said along time ago
[- - ---- --:14:46] anti_illuminati: something that I 100% came up with on my own research
[- - ---- --:15:10] ****************: "Indeed, Gore even said the Smarter Planet play “feels right” to him."
[- - ---- --:16:05] anti_illuminati: I said that one of the main reasons for them carrying out 9/11 was so that they could springboard the advancement of the global information grid --they needed the funding, and they needed to ahve the psyop of being able to say that everyone needed to be made more secure because of terrorism--so hand us over your IT infrastructure and let us manage it for you.
[- - ---- --:16:27] anti_illuminati: look at this shit, this here needs to be dug into and exposed
[- - ---- --:16:30] anti_illuminati: "This system will provide an unprecedented, global hub of information on a world-class reporting platform," CDP's Dickinson said. "As a result, investors will receive data in more detail down to the facility level. It will also offer preprogrammed data conversions and clear audit standards, and data verification will be a requirement for the high-level reporting companies."

Built on SAP BusinessObjects' BI OnDemand product and implemented and hosted by Accenture, the software-as-a-service-based platform also promises to make it easier for companies to collect and submit greenhouse gas data to the CDP through Web-accessible forms. And once the data is collected, corporations, government agencies and others will be able to analyze the data to make informed decisions on capital allocation, risk management, operations, strategy, regulation and policymaking.
[- - ---- --:16:38] anti_illuminati:;jsessionid=VCXES3N4GHABFQE1GHRSKHWATMY32JVN?articleID=220300015
[- - ---- --:17:10] anti_illuminati: Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP)
[- - ---- --:17:25] ****************: could you perhaps
[- - ---- --:17:29] ****************: on this very topic
[- - ---- --:17:39] ****************: write maybe a one or two page synopsis
[- - ---- --:17:45] ****************: so that I can include it in my RMA document
[- - ---- --:17:46] ****************: ?
[- - ---- --:17:55] ****************: since you have assembled many great sources
[- - ---- --:18:05] ****************: I think you will be the right guy to write a segment about it
[- - ---- --:18:32] anti_illuminati: yup bingo [19:12:32] ****************: 'sense and respond' - you're using up too much energy today
[19:12:43] ****************: that specific appliance/socket no longer works
[19:13:07] ****************: sensors track your light usage
[19:13:11] ****************: sensors track your 'occupancy'?
[19:13:12] ****************: WTF
[19:13:28] ****************: they even keep 'track' of when you're 'occupying' your goddamn house?
[- - ---- --:19:40] anti_illuminati: Time willing yeah probably but  cant say when
[- - ---- --:20:16] anti_illuminati: I wish my GF knew about all this shit
[- - ---- --:20:25] anti_illuminati: so that she could write for me and I just find her the info
[- - ---- --:20:36] anti_illuminati: I understand the shit inherently almost'
[- - ---- --:20:51] anti_illuminati: but I hate trying to explain things to other people
[- - ---- --:21:01] anti_illuminati: I mean if you seriously think about it
[- - ---- --:21:55] anti_illuminati: This is only my opinion but I dont think you can really even get how this shit works if you dont understand Ptech/enterprise architecture, etc because that is the very foundation of all of this fascist shit
[- - ---- --:22:05] anti_illuminati: I saw that along time ago
[- - ---- --:24:15] ****************: Do you think I should hurry up with that RMA document and publish it
[- - ---- --:24:23] ****************: or do you think I should add lots of stuff to it first
[- - ---- --:24:29] ****************: kinda round it out some more
[- - ---- --:24:32] anti_illuminati: well
[- - ---- --:25:35] anti_illuminati: maybe just read that new pDF i sent you called Globalization.pdf and use whatever you think is most important from that.  I think that that would round it out enough
[- - ---- --:26:00] anti_illuminati: because that PDF directly ties into that with alot of other aspects
[- - ---- --:26:14] anti_illuminati: goes into a lof of info about the DoD etc
[- - ---- --:28:52] anti_illuminati: what the f**k
[- - ---- --:29:03] anti_illuminati: remember earlier you talked about cutting off photosynthesis?
[- - ---- --:29:10] ****************: yeah
[- - ---- --:29:13] anti_illuminati: look at this
[- - ---- --:29:31] anti_illuminati: "Newly Identified Enzymes Help Plants Sense and Respond to Elevated Carbon Dioxide and Could Lead to Water-Wise Crops

Source: US San Diego
Author: Susan Brown

A research team led by Julian Schroeder at the University of California, San Diego, in the U.S. has identified two plant enzymes that are responsible for the closing of pores in the plant leaves called stoma, in response to high carbon dioxide levels. Plants sometimes need to have the stoma open to let in needed carbon dioxide (CO2), which is used for photosynthesis. But closing the stoma conserves water, which escapes plants through the stoma. The researchers' discovery could allow for the development of plants that can use water more efficiently, the article says. Schroeder explains that: "A lot of plants have a very weak response to CO2. So even though atmospheric CO2 is much higher than it was before the industrial age and is continuing to increase, there are plants that are not capitalizing on that. They're not narrowing their pores, which would allow them to take in CO2, while losing less water . . . It could be that with these enzymes, you can improve how efficiently plants use water, while taking in CO2 for photosynthesis. Our data in the lab suggest that the CO2 response can be cranked up." The researchers found that adding additional copies of the plant genes for the two enzymes improved water efficiency. The team's research findings have been published in the journal Nature Cell Biology. The press release can be viewed online at the link below."
[- - ---- --:30:17] anti_illuminati: remeber the NWO is pushing propaganda that there's a global water shortage, or will be?  Save water by reducing photosynthesis
[- - ---- --:31:51] anti_illuminati:
[- - ---- --:35:19] anti_illuminati: IBM Opens Supply Chain Innovation Center in China
Center will include a carbon trade-off modeler

By David Blanchard

Sept. 1, 2008

Computer giant IBM has opened a supply chain innovation center in Beijing, China. The Beijing Supply Chain Innovation Center will collaborate with companies to develop new supply chain solutions, based on IBM's expertise in supply chain research, business consulting services, software capabilities and its own Integrated Supply Chain group.

The center will also showcase and leverage existing industry solutions to help companies expand and grow their integrated supply chain capabilities, including:

Virtual Command Center, a service-oriented architecture-based supply chain visibility solution that integrates and synchronizes supply, demand and logistics information. The solution is designed to help companies gain visibility into the status and performance of their supply chain to facilitate more effective decision-making in a sense-and-respond environment.

Supply Chain Optimization tools and modelers, which enable companies to design and operate agile and adaptable supply chain processes and networks.

Carbon Trade-off Modeler helps companies include carbon output -- footprinting -- as a key variable when optimizing the supply chain, allowing them to understand the outcome of critical trade-offs.
[- - ---- --:35:23] anti_illuminati:
[- - ---- --:37:47] anti_illuminati: wow
[- - ---- --:37:50] anti_illuminati: unf**king real
[- - ---- --:38:39] anti_illuminati: so yeah they are going to use artificial intelligence enterprise architectures to determine exactly how your life needs to be directly controlled in your home
[- - ---- --:39:01] anti_illuminati: they are forcing YOU to beomce interoperable with the new world order
[- - ---- --:39:46] anti_illuminati:

"A significant proportion of total worldwide energy is consumed by buildings. For example, buildings in the US account for about 40 percent of total energy consumption and greenhouse gas emission. Making buildings more energy-efficient is an important step to reduce our energy consumption and carbon emission in the combat with global climate change. Broad participation by consumers, business owners, and governments is required to continuously improve on energy efficiency for new and existing buildings and to achieve the global greenhouse gas emission reduction objectives.

 This paper provides a software system perspective of improving energy efficiency for buildings. It proposes an architecture that allows for phased investments in technologies to capture the returns from energy savings in various use cases. In addition, it addresses the needs and objectives of different stakeholders, including owners, operators, users, and utility providers. A proof-of-concept implementation of the architecture is used to demonstrate the support for building-wide energy conservation policies using real-time energy pricing and individual occupants’ locations and preferences. It shows that the proposed architecture enables fine-grained building control and reduces energy consumption while maximizing its occupants’ comfort."
[- - ---- --:40:16] anti_illuminati: r provides a software system perspective of improving energy efficiency for buildings. It proposes an architecture that allows for phased investments in technologies to capture the returns from energy savings in various use cases.
[- - ---- --:40:18] ****************: 'stakeholders' - UML terminology
[- - ---- --:40:35] ****************: you know what we should seek out?
[- - ---- --:40:44] ****************: you have this 'Revolution in military affairs' that came from the Soviet Union right?
[- - ---- --:40:51] anti_illuminati: It proposes an architecture that allows for phased investments in technologies to capture the returns from energy savings in various use cases.THis part here
[- - ---- --:40:53] ****************: well you had all these five year plans by Stalin right?
[- - ---- --:40:55] ****************: remember


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Zero Carbon Buildings Will Put Pressure On IT

A Westminster summit has suggested the looming zero carbon commercial targets will expose IT operations to more pressures

By:  Miya Knights July 10, 200

Politicians and technologists alike have warned that zero-carbon targets for commercial buildings will expose the high energy demands of IT, as well as the costs of running computers, networks and printers.

All new non-domestic buildings should be zero carbon by 2019, according to a target set by government in March, but the pressure on IT has yet to be fully realised, according to a roundtable on sustainable buildings hosted by Alan Whitehead MP.

This target was restated more recently in a Department of Communities and Local Government (CLG) consultation paper, published last month, which re-confirmed its goal of radically transforming the way commercial buildings are planned, designed, constructed and maintained.

Whitehead called on the IT community to understand the implications of the 2019 target on non-domestic buildings: “As new, passive energy buildings are occupied, the energy consumption associated with IT will stand out like a sore thumb because other areas will be so much more energy efficient.”

David Angwin, a roundtable attendee and Wyse Technology sustainability spokesperson said the debate over mitigating the problem of IT energy consumption should now be moved onto one where IT can be ” seen as an enabler for design innovations that can drive the zero carbon building movement”.

He said low-carbon IT infrastructures were already paving the way for the construction of more sustainable buildings. But he added: “It is true that organisations are going to need to transition to new sustainable IT much faster than they have adopted previous new waves of information technology.”

As well as looking to new and legacy technology to influence more carbon-neutral construction, Martin Townsend, director of the
BRE Global Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) also said making older buildings more energy efficient too should not be overlooked.

“Facilities managers need to make sure they’re making the right decisions from the building level to the component, from management of the asset to the organisation policy,” Townsend said. “Critical for achieving such goals will be both the sharing of best practise as well as clear benchmarking. “

Low-carbon technologies like virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) held the potential of also educating end users about the green potential IT offers, as well as contributing to power consumption reductions.

Christopher Venning, Royal College of Physicians IT services and networking manager was on hand to explain the benefits of implementing a low-carbon IT infrastructure that includes VDI and Wyse thin clients, and said that user education was key to the successful rollout of the new desktop systems.

Sustainable IT Holds Opportunities For The UK

Computing can affect the future of this planet, says the Cambridge professor of computing, Andy Hopper. And there are opportunities for the UK here - if we can handle our fear of change

By:  Peter Judge
May 21, 2009

The US has led a big shift towards green IT since the arrival of the Obama administration, says Professor Andy Hopper of Cambridge University. But there are lessons to be learnt from Africa and elsewhere. And UK companies still have an opportunity to lead the way - if we are not afraid to accept big changes in our lifestyles.

Professor Hopper has emerged as a green IT advocate, but is we3ll remembered by network nerds and PC enthusiasts alike, for his long-term involvement in Cambridge IT circles. A co-founder of the British micro-computer company Acorn and a co-inventor of the Cambridge Ring network system (eventually the basis of ATM), he is now professor of Computer Technology at the Cambridge University, and head of the Computer Laboratory there. We spoke to him at the Royal Society in London.

Sustainable computing struck him as a research opportunity several years ago, around 2000, he says: “It is relevant and not well understood.” At that point the field was too fragmented, but when he became professor in 2004, he made what he calls “computing for the future of the planet” a major theme of the department.

Five years on, the research is bearing fruit. In academic terms, this means a paper given to the Royal Society (PDF) last year. “As far as I know, it’s a leading article on the topic,” he says. It’s even giving him a direct link to the increasing US interest in Green IT: “I’ve been solicited by an American learned publication,” he jokes.

US involvement is crucial, he says, as nothing will change till large countries get behind sustainable IT: “We need the big players to be on board. I’m delighted that the heads of the world’s largest companies are endorsing this.”
In his paper, Professor Hopper breaks sustainable IT into four main headings:

   1. Energy Efficient Computing: IT needs to reduce its own demands for power, by working in a better way: “It’s not just using lower-energy chips,” he says. “That’s good stuff, but it’s traditional. We can use the very special thing about computing. You can take it to the energy source - or follow the energy source round the world.”

   2. Sensing and Reacting: “We can use the digital world to optimise things in the physical world,” he says, for instance embedding intelligence to improve the routing of cars and trains. We can also applying more effective regulations and policies.

      “It should be a win-win,” he says, “because we can use less energy, and it costs you less.” Eventually, we could imagine monitoring the health of our biosphere, with some sort of sensor in every tree, he suggests.

# Building Better World Models: Better models of the world can predict and respond to the kinds of changes, like global warming, which concern us all, says Hopper. “There is some way to go on using large scale large scale computer resources to model the world,” he says. “The platforms themselves - the basic code, the computer science - have to be more robust. Also you need better features to model the physical world better.”

The problem is time, he says. Unlike a physics experiment, you never get to stop the data and spend time writing up. You also need to trade off the horsepower you have, and the accuracy you need.

# Digital alternatives to physical activities: “We change the way we live our lives, so we do much more of it in the physical world,” he says. Shopping, working and every other aspect of our lives, can be made more energy-efficient, using IT.Lifestyle changes often focus on the Western world, but he wants to see an impact in the developing world: “I really am hopeful, that this can improve trade with the part of the world which is just developing, so more wealth is created for them, without harming the environment.”

He has been to Africa to look at green issues, and warns against importing our ideas there: “The last thing you want is to be colonial,” he says.

Fear of change

The most important of these points is number four, says Hopper. In fact, he says: “It’s the answer. But it’s the most wacky, and it’s the one I feel most insecure about.” It’s not yet clear how inolvement in cyberspace will play out, he says - because we have to accept changes which might be scary.

Areas of monitoring and feedback can involve fears of surveillance and loss of privacy, for instance. The answer here is to get audience support and involvement: “Bootstrapping from the bottom up can resolve the dilemma in each person’s mind,” he says. “But it can have the opposite effect. People will never touch something again if you do it the wrong way.”

We will also have to develop sensible attitudes to intellectual property rights, so none of these ideas get held up by copyright or similar issues, he warns. “It disappoints me that the flexibility in the system has been much reduced by this.”

Computing for the future of IT?

IT managers come across all of this - and all Hopper’s four issues - in a smaller form within their company, we suggest, and Hopper agrees. As well as making business IT more efficient, staff can also embed IT into the whole company to make it more efficient, they can use technology to model the company’s activity, and - eventually - change the way people work within it.

Some of these ideas may come from unexpected places: “The way they build server farms in Africa may have lessons for us all,” he says. “The way they factor in renewable energy, and running costs will be different, and we can learn from it.”

With interest growing in the field, both in the US and elsewhere, the UK can now capitalise on the global move towards sustainable IT, contributing to work on standards in the field, and lead in moves to develop businesses in the area, he says.

Instrumenting the office

Some of those moves might come from blue-sky research in places like Cambridge. Hopper’s colleague Andy Rice, for instance, is working on Open Office Mapping, inspired by the OpenStreetMap project, a public geography Wiki movement. “They are doing the same thing indoors,” says Hopper. “It’s a social networking thing. They’ve come up with software where you can put in the furniture around you.”

This could create an actual database of IT and electronic equipment, which would link up with national information on the actual energy going into given buildings, to give details of where that energy is going. “Imagine if that went global,” he says. “We’d have something really useful, and it would have come from nowhere.”

The database might not always turn up information companies are comfortable with, says Hopper: “Most of our computers, I’m embarassed to say, stay on all the time. But audience participation is important. Things like this work better by pull than push - if you tell people to do this, they might object.”

Users could be encouraged to spot green savings in this way, perhaps by some sort of financial reward, or a company league table, Hopper suggests. Rice’s work is at a very early stage, says Hopper: “But I’m very full of beans about it.”

Tags and personal energy meters

Hopper has a company called Ubisense, which is commericalising “active badges” which were developed in Cambridge research labs, and can be used to track people and valuable items within a company: “People are buying this stuff because they can take cost out of some operation,” he says, “and this cost can be mapped onto energy in many cases.” Already that is used in warehouses to find things more efficiently, but in future it could make deliveries better.

Another promising line is a Personal Energy Meter being developed by a PhD student, Simon Hay: “It would be nice if we all had a personal energy meter,” says Hopper. “This should tell you everything, not just the obvious uses of energy you are making, but the indirect uses you are making.” It would apportion the energy and manufacturing costs of your furniture, and your share of public transport, as well as your share of the energy in national assets. It would also work - as far as possible - automatically.

This idea is in its early days, and like many other things it could be useful even if it is only partially delivered, says Hopper: “If we get a reasonable idea of how to achieve some of it, then happiness.”

But is it time to ground Hopper?

“We are changing the way we live our lives because of technology,” says Hopper. But, we ask him, what about one of the best known aspects of his own lifestyle? A keen pilot, he has logged more than 5000 solo flying hours, including a round-the-world flight in his Cessna light aircraft, and has a landing strip behind his large Cambridge house.

Will he have to change this aspect of his life? “That’s a personal issue for me,” he says, somewhat wistfully.


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CeBIT 2009 Will Tackle Green IT Agenda

Boxed server rooms and low-energy laptops will be on show - if your carbon footprint allows you to travel to Hanover for the show

By: Andrew Donoghue February 27, 2009

Responding to the need for companies to cut costs and cut carbon, Europe’s largest technology exhibition CeBIT will feature a range of sustainably and energy efficient technology, according to organisers.

The exhibition, which kicks off next week in Hanover, Germany, is one of the highlights of the European tech calendar. Over 5,800 exhibitors from around 77 countries and some 495,000 visitors from all over the world attended the show last year, the organisers claim.

This year green and sustainable IT will be a key part of the show with around 2000 square meters given over to a dedicated Green IT World.

Green and sustainable tech at this year’s show will include a so-called “server room in a box” from New Zealand company Thureon. The wall mounted Armarac container holds up to five 19-inch servers and is aimed at hazardous environments where there is not space to build a separate computer room. The 1 cm wide, 48 cm long and 172 cm high, sealed Armarac system keeps dust out and has an integrated temperature control system to regulate heat in extreme conditions, the makers claim.

The Armarac is a compact, wall-mounted box that provides high level security for five fully functioning 19-inch servers and helps save on space and operating costs. It is ideally suited to a wide range of uses in education and government. Other application areas include major construction sites where there is a need for an onsite, secure data centre and production plants where high temperatures make the Armarac’s integrated temperature control system an important feature.

Thureon claims its “Vertiblade’ system gets around the space issue by hanging each server inside the box in a fan-like arrangement. When each server needs to be accessed, the fan of servers can be opened out but otherwise the hardware is packed together to save on space.

Taiwanese hardware maker MSI also plans to show-off some energy efficient tech at the show including two new thin notebooks, the 13in MSI X340 and 15.6in MSI X600, both apparently based on Intel’s Consumer Ultra-Low Voltage platform.

The conference programme at CeBIT will also focus on green and sustainable issues and will feature speakers from government and industry including representatives from the OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development), as well as keynote speeches from the likes of Google and Volkswagen on their companies’ approach to sustainable tech.

According to Ernst Raue, executive board member for show organisers Deutsche Messe AG, the new Green IT exhibition area was developed in cooperation with the German Association of IT, Telecommunication and New Media (BITKOM) and the Federal Ministry of the Environment.

“Especially in tough economic times, investing in green, energy-efficient IT makes sense on two counts,” said Raue in a statement. “First, companies get to modernise their IT systems, thereby generally streamlining their processes and building critical efficiency reserves. Second, companies investing in energy-efficient IT systems can reduce their operating costs to a considerable degree, especially in regard to electricity costs for cooling data centers.”

According to Sigmar Gabriel, German minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, although green and sustainable IT can have upfront costs it can also yield substantial savings. “If the energy efficient technologies that are already available - and already in use by a small number of forward-looking organisations - were applied on a large scale, a total of 25.8 TWh or 15.3 million tons of CO2 could be eliminated by 2013. This could save operators of computing centers as much as 3.6 billion euros on energy costs alone by 2013,” he said in a statement.


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IBM Reveals Five Innovations that Will Change Cities in the Next Five Years

December 21, 2009

ARMONK, N.Y. (RPR) 12/21/09 —  IBM (NYSE: IBM) unveiled a list of innovations that have the potential to change how people live, work and play in cities around the globe over the next five to ten years:

·         Cities will have healthier immune systems

·         City buildings will sense and respond like living organisms

·         Cars and city buses will run on empty

·         Smarter systems will quench cities’ thirst for water and save energy

·         Cities will respond to a crisis -- even before receiving an emergency phone call

 An estimated 60 million people are moving to cities and urban areas each year...

Thanks for this AI, really tweaking their beehives so they are.

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This is disturbing to me on so many levels but here are some things that really stood out to me...

The history of IBM was used in the tagging of people who went to the concentration camps.  This should be a lesson learned.

Trying to make city life look wonderful so they can try to corral people to move to compact cities and get them away from sustainability and self-sufficiency and rugged individualism.

"City buildings will sense and respond like living organisms"--that gives me creeps just thinking about that particular technology--the total loss of humanity, to think an inanimate object could respond like a living organism is psychotic to me!

"Cities will respond to a crisis -- even before receiving an emergency phone call" -- this sounds like a whole micro-chipping agenda

This reads like a script from the movie, Demolition Man.  >:(
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All eyes are opened, or opening, to the rights of man. The general spread of the light of science has already laid open to every view the palpable truth, that the mass of mankind has not been born with saddles on their backs, nor a favored few booted and spurred, ready to ride them legitimately