June 3rd, 2013
May 24th, 2013


Xively Actually Connects Things In The Internet Of Things – ReadWrite

The Internet of Things isn’t really an Internet of anything, at least not yet. Sure, devices are connected to the Internet, but they don’t communicate with other devices — just with their own home servers. But that may be about to change.

A new common cloud platform dubbed Xively Cloud Services aims to provide a common ground through which any device connected to the Internet could actually communicate with any other device. Xively is an old fixture within the Internet of Things ecosystem, as it’s actually a new commercial version of the older non-commercial Cosm platform, which in turn used to be known as Pachube until Xively’s current owner LogMeIn purchased Pachube in 2011.

Like Cosm before it, Xively will offer a way for disparate devices to connect with each other, though now with commercial terms of service for commercial users and freely available services for projects in development. Whatever you call it, the availability of a platform like Xively is a key component in building a true Internet of Things instead of what we actually have now.

Reblogged from A Smarter Planet
April 28th, 2013
As the trend toward wireless-enabled personal devices grows worldwide, the biggest energy drain in the wireless cloud will clearly come from mobile 4G LTE and wireless networks in general which are expected to account for 90 percent of energy use by 2015 compared to 9 percent by data centers. All together, the amount of energy used by the wireless cloud could increase by as much as 460 percent between 2012 and 2015. According to the report, that’s the equivalent of putting 4.9 million cars on the road. “Finding solutions to the ‘dirty cloud’ at the very least requires a broader acknowledgment of the cloud computing ecosystem and each components’ energy requirements,” the report says. “There needs to be a focus on making access technologies more efficient and potentially a reworking of how the industry manages data and designs the entire global network.”
Reblogged from A Smarter Planet
January 20th, 2013
Connecting the Cloud With the Crowd”
By 2020 everything will have moved into the cloud: content, media, health records, education. Connecting the cloud with the crowd will become a huge business. Related to this, access will replace ownership in almost all forms of media. Future media ‘consumers’ will simply have music, films, TV shows, games, etc. in the cloud, paid ‘with attention,’ i.e., advertising and data mining (Facebook cloud), subscription (Apple new iTV), and bundles (i.e., with mobile operators). Most importantly, many consumers will not pay for ‘content’ per se, but for all the added values around the content, such as curation, packaging, design, social connections, interfaces, apps, etc. Finally, all media that is not social and mobile will shrink; all that combines with their current models will prosper.” Gerd Leonhard, Futurist

9 Bold Predictions for the Digital World of 2020

” Connecting the Cloud With the Crowd” My contribution:)


September 18th, 2012


Cloud Computing 2020 Futurecast - Fred McClimans, Alan Dickenson, and I spoke about the future of cloud computing.

I make the point that the first-order benefits — reducing the cost of today’s IT — will be irrelevant by the time that the second-order benefits of the cloud become obvious. 

Imagine systems that are based on analysis of petabytes of social data exhaust in combination with new computing models based on social network analysis and influence, as just one area.

There’s a lot of interesting stuff here.

Reblogged from Stowe Boyd
December 22nd, 2011

Memristors and how they may change computing

I recently read a novelette by Bruce Sterling called Black Swan (A Cyberpunk Story). I was intrigued by what Sterling referred to as a “Memrister”. Within the context of the story, it was only clear that memristors were theoretical electronic devices with a lot of potential applications. After doing some research, I found out that Memristors are, in fact, real, and that they may profoundly impact the future of computing.

According to Wikipedia, “Memristor theory was formulated and named by Leon Chua in a 1971 paper.[4] In 2008, a team at HP Labs announced the development of a switching memristor based on a thin film of titanium dioxide.[5] These devices are being developed for application in nanoelectronic memories, computer logic, and neuromorphic computer architectures. In October 2011, the same team announced the commercial availability of memristor technology within 18 months, as a replacement for Flash, SSD, DRAM and SRAM. [7]”

Apparently memristors have the capacity to start up and shut down computers as if you were flicking a light switch on and off. And one unique characteristic of this technology is that, “Memristance of a material become more and more strong as its size reduces,” which means it may be most valuable in nanotechnology.

Once HP finishes its work on the commercial availability of memristor technology, it will be exciting to learn more about the useful applications that memristors can provide all of us.

November 1st, 2011

Information Technology Spending: Make Way for the Cloud

By Glen Hiemstra | October 28th, 2011 

Ahh, to live in the clouds. We’ve been there for a decade, and each day more of what we do – make a call, watch a video, navigate a car, order a product, read a book, play a game, takes place in the cloud. Yes, cloud computing is just a clever name for big server farms and client services on your local device, which can sound a lot like the old days of computing if you have been around long enough. But, it just grows and grows.

We recently came across a quite wonderful video that explains the cloud in a way both clever and informative. Enjoy

The State of Cloud Computing from JESS3 on Vimeo.

The cloud does allow for many efficiencies which is a good thing, given that federal spending on IT is expected to be restrained through 2017, according to Bloomberg.

Glen Hiemstra is a futurist author, speaker, consultant, and Founder of Futurist.com. To arrange for a speech, workshop or consultation contact Futurist.com.