Night With A Futurist: “The Coming Data Tsunami”

Night With A Futurist: “The Coming Data Tsunami”

 Futurist Speaker, Thomas Frey, DaVinci Institute

Rocky Radar:  Monday’s Night with a Futurist featured Thomas Frey’s thoughts on “The Coming Data Tsunami.” Simply, this coming tidal wave exists because the rate of data creation is about to explode and exceed all solutions to store, transmit, process and extract value from the data. At the core of Frey’s thoughts on the subject is what he calls the cumulative law of information value. To paraphrase, this law says that more information, or data reserves, is more valuable and that this value grows exponentially. An important addendum to this law is that that a lag time exists between data creation and when the value from that data can be extracted. With this view on the value of information in place – postulating that it could even be a currency of the future – Frey went on to explore the challenges expected as the volume of information explodes.

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Online Display-Ad Spending Will Fall In 2009

Online Display-Ad Spending Will Fall In 2009

For a year, we’ve listened to analysts passionately explain how online ad spending will power through any broader economic and advertising weakness. Eyeballs are moving online, this story went (goes), ad dollars will follow. Online advertising is accountable. Online advertising is the future. Blah, blah, blah.

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Yotify: Making Search Social

Yotify:  Making Search Social 

A new engine can turn a difficult search into a communal quest.  Looking for an apartment online, day after day, can get tedious. Finding the right sofa at the right price can also be time consuming. A new search engine, called Yotify, is designed to make these kinds of persistent quests more tolerable, and hopefully more successful.

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Google Experiencing a Deluge of Searching for Sarah Palin

Google Experiencing a Deluge of Searching for Sarah Palin

Gov Palin pushing the limits of search technology

Sarah Palin’s hotness is no longer debatable, at least according to Google trends – the bible of all that’s burning up the Web. A Boston Herald review of google.com/trends shows search terms particular to Palin earned a “volcanic” rating on the site’s “hotness” meter following her “World News Tonight” exclusive. Even her choice of footwear, Naughty Monkey red heels, steamed up the search engine.

“It’s terrific,” said MIT’s Henry Lieberman. (Pics)

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In Search of a Bigger Baby Earth

 In Search of a Bigger Baby Earth

Why does the planet act like a giant magnet?
One scientist is building his own Earth to find out

Dan Lathrop needs a bigger Earth. His old one is two feet across and 500 pounds, about 20 millionths the size of the real thing. And after four years of tests, it failed to generate a magnetic field similar to the real Earth’s, which shields us from the sun’s radiation and guides some navigation systems by pointing compasses north.

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Whatever Happened to Artificial Intelligence?

 Whatever Happened to Artificial Intelligence?

After all these years, artificial brains are still hard to come by

James Gaskin: “If you define artificial intelligence as self-aware, self-learning, mobile systems, then artificial intelligence has been a huge disappointment. On the other hand, every time you search the Web, get a movie recommendation from NetFlix, or speak to a telephone voice recognition system, tools developed chasing the great promise of intelligent machines do the work.”

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Stephen Hawking Searches For Africa’s Einsteins

Stephen Hawking Searches For Africa’s Einsteins 

Talent from unlikely places may be the key to new thinking

Professor Stephen Hawking, who has devoted his career to finding the origins of the universe, is to begin a new search – for Africa’s answer to Einstein.

Despite suffering from motor neurone disease which has left him almost completely paralysed, Hawking, 66, has made the journey to South Africa to launch the project today.

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