MIT Technology Review interviews National Co-ordinator for Health Information Technology, David Blumenthal
“With robust health-information exchange, there can be improved quality of care and improved care co-ordination. Today, the average 65-year-old with five chronic conditions has 14 doctors and is on multiple medications.”
“We transmitted the ‘L’ … and the ‘O’ — and then the other computer crashed,” says UCLA's Leonard Kleinrock, who helped send that first message on the university's campus on Oct. 29, 1969. He was trying to type the word "login."
"We knew and we didn't know that it was going to be a big deal," he says..
1. Reykjavík, Iceland: Low-energy cost, free cooling 2. United States (North Carolina & Tennessee): Low-energy cost, favorable labor, and fiber optics i. North Carolina ii. Tennessee 3. China/Vietnam: Extraordinary demand and new/diverse fiber optic routes in place i. Shanghai perimeter ii. Ho Chi Minh City iii. Hong Kong iv. Shantou (submersible, fiber-optic landing point) v. Beijing 4. Latvia: Low-cost hydro power, favorable labor 5. India: Extraordinary demand, favorable labor i. Mumbai ii. Bangalore iii. Jakarta 6. Russia: Favorable telecom, free cooling, favorable labor i. St. Petersburg perimeter ii. Moscow 7. Canada: Favorable labor, free cooling, favorable telecom i. Vancouver ii. Toronto 8. Japan: Extraordinary demand, favorable telecom i. Tokyo ii. Kobe 9. New Zealand: Strategic location, green power, favorable labor 10. United Arab Emirates: Strategic location, favorable labor, telecom i. Dubai ii. Abu Dhabi
“Working with Auckland University of Technology's Business Innovation Centre, Govorko created the Somnus-Neu to be a media-rich oasis. A freestanding unit with motorized curtains and a retractable video screen, the bed has Wi-Fi, a docking station for electronics, a five-point audio system, and three zones of LED lighting -- reading, ambient, and floor -- all of which can be controlled by dual 17-inch touch-screen panels on either side of the bed….
…Govorko says he's in discussions with Yotel, the U.K.-based pod hotel chain, and expects the first beds will welcome weary travelers by the second half of 2010. Once production is under way, he also plans to target less conventional markets, such as hospitals. "Having been a patient, on and off, from silly motorcycle accidents over the years, I know that the hospital experience is lacking," he says. "Staring at the ceiling is not the greatest way to spend your time."
Think of things you have never thought of using the following for (courtesy of TechNutters) and Tom Baynham and Ben Tyers who both went to Cambridge University found a use for them in this contraption.
“Long before orange made its debut as a hot hue, Leatrice Eiseman spotted it in several unlikely places: on fences and front doors in Italy and Germany, in Morocco's natural dyes, and on monks cloaked in saffron robes. At the time the color wasn't associated with spirituality or trendiness in America, thought Eiseman, but rather with discount stores like Big Lots.
As she began to notice it in multiple places and in different contexts around the world, Eiseman and her team at the Pantone Color Institute -- the forecasting and consulting division of Pantone Inc., which is part of the $261 million company X-Rite -- decided to put it at the top of their 2003 forecast.
Since then, orange has gone mainstream, blanketing such unlikely products as videocameras, KitchenAid blenders, and Ford's new F-150 SVT Raptor, now available in "molten orange."
“Otellini has been subtly remaking the company: aligning with Apple, in a step away from the company's PC-only heritage; pushing the Atom mobile chip, in a dogleg pivot from Moore's Law, the founding axiom behind Intel, that chips get exponentially faster; and embracing new territory, new markets, and new ways of playing with others. The goal is to better compete in a world in which computing is everywhere, from laptops to tractors.”
“By any quantifiable standard, the city is on life support. Detroit's treasury is $300 million short of the funds needed to provide the barest municipal services…. Three years after Katrina devastated New Orleans, unemployment in that city hit a peak of 11%. In Detroit, the unemployment rate is 28.9%. That's worth spelling out: twenty-eight point nine percent.”
The city which already has a Renaissance Center, needs a much bigger one to rejuvenate it as the US auto industry goes through another round of problems.
So, it is good to see GE move into Visteon Village in Van Buren Township just south of the city
“The scientists and engineers at the Michigan site will develop next generation manufacturing technologies in areas such as renewable energy, jet engines, gas turbines and other high-technology products. …The site will also house GE experts in software development, data architecture, networking, business intelligence and program management. They’ll develop software to support GE’s business operations for several advanced technologies, like the smart grid. The site also will serve as a training hub for GE information technology professionals.” Jeff Immelt, CEO of GE makes announcement in video below
Just as interesting is a different kind of “plant” coming to Detroit – Urban Farming
“Driving around the city, you can see everything that will make up your dinner – chickens, goats, mushrooms, plum trees, honeybee hives. I passed a whole block growing shoulder-high corn. A horse grazes outside a barn behind a high school. Edith Floyd parks her tractor behind her house – 12 kilometers from city hall, where bureaucrats are scrambling to catch up with the collard greens sprouting on street corners.”