The coolest thing about wearable technology is the fact that so many of the devices we’ve seen in movies, televisions and comic books are coming to life, such as the Star Trek Communicator – a voice activated device that enabled a wide range of actions.
Voice recognition technology is nothing new – having been around since the 1950s when introduced by Bell Labs. However, it wasn’t until the 1990s when IVR systems (interactive voice response) systems became more widespread that the technology really began to solidify. Read the full post
Do you think that short-term predictions are easier to make than looking far into the future? I always thought forecasting the next 12 months was pretty clear while anything beyond 10 years was nearly impossible. I changed my mind. Here’s my story.
Last weekend, my wife asked me to go through my bookshelf and check which books I don’t need anymore. It hadn’t occurred to me to go through these, but I thought, sure. I anyway hadn’t looked at many of them for a long time. I started to go through them and immediately found myself reading books that were more than 25 years old. I was absolutely amazed by the ability of several authors to envision how technologies would evolve and impact not only networks but also society. Read the full post
Earlier this week I came across some interesting ACM papers discussing high-frequency trading (HFT). There’s some food for thought here for more, shall we say, “mundane” enterprise network optimization and big data applications.
If a typical enterprise network is a Mercedes or BMW, HFT network engineering is NASCAR. Highly optimized designs to shave milliseconds and microseconds from automated stock trading transactions. Every cycle counts, with computer scientists looking to simplify, speed up and optimize everything. Profits are made by reaping fractions of a cent across millions of transactions per day. Read the full post
“Smart City” is one of the trending buzzwords these days. Like all buzzwords, no one really knows exactly what it means, but let me venture a broad definition: a smart city is a city that strives to reinvent itself using technology to improve its efficiency, enhance the service it offers to citizens and visitors and adopt a more sustainable model.