By Wes Simonds,
Every so often you experience an eye-opening moment that brings into clear focus the realities of the world around you. I experienced such a moment recently reading a quote from Google’s chairman Eric Schmidt. It was this: ‘Every two days we create as much information as we did from the dawn of civilization until 2003.’
My goodness. We’ve become quite the information-creating monsters, haven’t we? And we’ve got technology to thank for it.
Granted, some of this has to do with a dramatic population increase, and some of it has to do with the fact that as a society we’re addicted to instantaneous communications.
Still, it seems to me the biggest difference between now and the dawn of society is that our lives, personal and otherwise, rely on an infrastructure of zeros and ones as much as they do wood and steel - perhaps even more so. This modern infrastructure that we’ve recently built is both the source of, and answer to, the complexities of this brave new world.
When IBM talks about the world becoming a smarter planet, this, indeed, is the sort of thing it has in mind. Beyond the obvious tech underpinnings — desktops, laptops, servers — think of all those billions of smart phones and millions of tablets out there, not to mention embedded processors, device sensors, switches and routers, RFID tags, software applications, device drivers, middleware and innumerable other instances of binary tech.
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