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Nicholas Negroponte, founder of the One Laptop Per Child foundation, said on stage today at the Techonomy conference that "50% of the kids in Peru who use One Laptop Per Child are teaching their parents how to read and write." That's seriously disruptive, isn't it? Peru is one of the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2010 at Techonomy
Mark, I think he meant it literally. Remember how many gallons of water are required to produce a single pound of beef these days, for example.
Geoffrey West of the Santa Fe Institute spoke this morning at the Techonomy conference on The Secrets of Scale. He went through chart after chart demonstrating a simple and reliable mathematical relationship between growth and various costs and benefits to animals, people, cities and corporations. The magic number is 1.15.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2010 at Techonomy
I learned a lot at today's Techonomy conference session titled The Thirst for Water: Is it increasing beyond our control?. Did you know these things? 70% of the world's water usage is going to agriculture, according to GE's Jeffrey Fulgham. Fulgham says that with more up-to-date low-flow irrigation technology, that... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2010 at Techonomy
In a session today titled Reinventing Life Sciences: Realizing the full potential of the New Biology, three speakers discussed the rapidly falling cost of sequencing genomes and what that change makes possible. The draft sequencing of the human genome was announced ten years go last month and the surrounding science... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2010 at Techonomy
Good comment Tahoeblue. In Robinson's defense, he also argued that the sea of information would derive a substantial amount of its value from the way it enabled optimized management of other resources like oil and water. As for oversupply leading to diminishing value, there is a fundamental difference between music and other types of data that gain value through network effect. At a certain point there may be diminishing value for kinds of data that are consumed individually (like songs or albums) but other kinds of data just illuminate more patterns, details and opportunities when amassed in larger numbers.
HP's Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy and Technology Office Shane Robinson spoke this morning at Techonomy and adressed consumer data privacy extensively. "Information is the most important resource of the 21st century," he said. "It's not oil, it's not water. The right policies are essential if we're going to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2010 at Techonomy
Google CEO Eric Schmidt spoke on a panel at Techonomy today and offered some juicy facts and perspective worth taking note of. Here are some of the key quotes I picked up from his contribution to the conversation. On the New Explosion of Data "There was 5 exabytes of information... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2010 at Techonomy
The future of the World Economic Forum's influential Global Information Technology Report is the subject of the first session at the Techonomy conference today. A nine-year old in-depth report about how well various countries around the world are prepared in terms of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), the organization says... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2010 at Techonomy