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Wednesday, November 20, 2002

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Homeland Defense

The Good

The Homeland Defense Act forces institutional change for new organizational behavior and  information sharing becomes systemic.  Provides needed funds to secure new spheres.  Many new government acquisitions are for technology and 23% of new funds go to small businesses, areas of the economy that need a boost.  The resiliency of the American demand for privacy and freedom will eventually counter civil liberty infringements.

The Bad

Infringements of civil liberties. The formation of a new committee instead of providing funds at the level that does the works, or as Sen Byrd calls it, "An irresponsible exercise in political chicanery." Consolidating the 22 agencies takes one year and fails as most corporate mergers do.

The Ugly

Pork City.  The last minute amendments to the act included future and retroactive immunity for Big Pharma for vaccine liability.  If a child dies because of mercury concentration in childhood immunizations, when alternatives are available, the family has no legal recourse.  Why?  Homeland Security.

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Grid-enabled Tele-Immersion

Utilizing a grid computing architecture of distributed processing, UPenn computer scientists have been able to achieve real-time Tele-Immersion [Science Daily].  They can to scan, process and present a room in real-time to enable virtual presence:

When they make their first public demonstration of tele-immersion at this week’s Super Computing 2002 conference in Baltimore, computer scientists will also attain another first: a “network computer” that processes data at a location far removed from either input or output....

“Shifting the computing from 10 processors at Penn to 1,240 parallel machines based in Pittsburgh will speed data processing 75-fold, turning tele-immersion into a true real-time technology,” said Kostas Daniilidis, an assistant professor of computer and information science at Penn. “It now takes our tele-immersion system roughly 15 seconds to scan, process and display the entire volume of a typical room. With help from the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center, that time will shrink to 200 milliseconds.”

The most far-out crazy idea of Internet 2 is finally becoming a reality, or should I say, a virtual reality.  Distributed Immersion as an application has the potential for changing more than how we communicate -- but how we learn, train and design.

11:53:58 AM    comment []

On Demand Innovation Services

IBM Research to offer consulting services. Big Blue unveils On Demand Innovation Services unit [InfoWorld: Top News]

Initially, the On Demand Innovation Services will be limited to four areas, IBM said: Advanced Analytics, modeling scenarios to solve emerging problems; Business Process Transformation, aligning business strategy with IT investments; Information Integration, and Experimental Economics.

IBM research is the largest R&D unit that files the most patents.  Making R&D customer-facing is more than an attempt to grab more services dollars.  It gives researchers to real world exposure to large scale distributed architectural challenges to advance their grid computing initiative.

9:11:27 AM    comment []

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