A friend of mine recently took a class in using social media and heard some pretty good advice. The teacher her told, she meta ironically later posted on facebook, that no one kind of social media would ever take over for always and forever. Instead, the teacher said, the key to using social media is to be flexible and realize that the next big thing to come along would only be the next big thing for a finite amount of time.
You know, sometimes an app comes along that is so stupid and useless that you just have to say to yourself “I can't believe someone came up with something so stupid and useless.” And in walks “Pocket Doorbell.”
Intel recently announced the investment of $100 million to accelerate the development and adoption of new technology within the automotive industry. As the first organization headquartered in Silicon Valley to focus on the automotive industry, Intel sees a future that allows for the connection between vehicles and connected devices.
Intel Capital Connected Car Fund
The Intel Capital Connected Car Fund will invest over the next four to five years in hardware, software and service companies across the globe to adopt and develop in-vehicle applications, mobile devices and sensors. Technology has clearly become an important aspect of modern life. Consumers demand an uninterrupted flow of information. Intel’s view is that automobiles should be able to provide that flow like any other device.
IBM recently announced the implementation of its Smarter Cities concept in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. In the heart of downtown Rio is a control room that resembles a NASA launch center. Employees are dressed in white jumpsuits and work diligently in front of a huge wall of computer screens.
Several screens display video streams directly from subway stations, highways and major intersections from across the city. Another group of monitors show weather tracking that predicts rainfall in the region. Yet another bunch of screens present a satellite map with the location of power failures or blackouts, car accidents and other common city problems.
The IBM Experiment
Although the systems flowed seamlessly, IBM is using Rio as its guinea pig to implement this cohesive unit of real-time, streaming information into major cities around the world. The building that houses this high-tech equipment is known as the Operations Center of the City of Rio.