Our society is changing. Almost nothing these days works without a computer chip; computing power doubles every 18 months, and in ten years it will probably exceed the capabilities of a human brain. Computers perform approximately 70 percent of all financial transactions today and IBM's Watson now seems to give better customer advise than some human telephone hotlines. The forthcoming economic and social transformation might be more fundamental than the one resulting from the invention of the steam engine. Meanwhile, the storage capacity of data grows even faster than the computational capacity. Within a few years, we will generate more data than in the entire history of humankind. The "Internet of Things" will soon network trillions of sensors together - fridges, coffee machines, electric toothbrushes and even our clothes. Vast amounts of data will be collected. Already, Big Data is being heralded as the oil of the 21st Century. To Read more Click Tottel Link or here:http://futurict.blogspot.ie/2013/07/from-technology-driven-society-to.html?spref=fb
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20 Referenten aus Wirtschaft, Wissenschaft, Politik, Sport und Kultur nehmen am Swiss ICT Symposium Stellung zu Schweizer Innovationen, Technologien und Märkten. Unter ihnen sind UBS-CIO Stefan Arn, ETH-Forscher Prof. Dr. Dirk Helbing, Nationalrat Balthasar Glättli, Green-CEO Franz Grüter und der Künstler, Unternehmer und Bauer Dieter Meier (YELLO).
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The UK's most vociferous privacy campaigners have slammed the British justice system as not fit for purpose, in dealing with damning allegations about internet surveillance, and will take the UK government straight to Strasbourg.
Sanjana Hattotuwa, Special Advisor to the ICT4Peace Foundation, delivered a public lecture on Big Data & social media for crisis management at Zurich's Swiss Federal Institute of Technology - ETH, one of the leading international universities for technology and the natural sciences in the world. The Foundation was invited by Prof. Dirk Helbing, Chair of Sociology, in particular of Modelling and Simulation. ICT4Peace is an active partner of Prof. Helbing's FuturICT project.
Sanjana's presentation looked at events on the ground from his home country, Sri Lanka, as well as, at the time of the presentation, content generation on and around the bombings at the Boston marathon, as key examples of how today information is produced at exponentially increasing rates, leading to new ethical, philosophical, scientific, journalistic, scientific, computational and other challenges, as well as opportunities.
The presentation looked at cities around the world, including from the African subcontinent, embracing big data and making decades of hitherto closed or hard to access information available, for free, in the public domain via the web, and relevant APIs and frameworks. The presentation looked at how even the UN, often perceived as extremely conservative and conventional, is today leading the way in flagging the value of big data and leading the development of platforms as well as political leadership to meaningfully use it in key operations. Through information visualisations, Sanjana demonstrated just how much a city's contours and its population movements could be tracked. Examples were also shown from the world of data driven journalism - how big data, from its production to its consumption and open analysis, is changing the way the news is generated, distributed and engaged with.
The presentation focussed on the impact of big data in humanitarian aid and relief operations, including with the UN OCHA and other key humanitarian actors in the UN system. After going into how digital cartography today is no longer the exclusive domain of GIS experts, Sanjana also flagged key drivers from other domains - from algorithms in the online music industry that can sift through millions of tracks in less than a second to the gamification of disaster response - that will drive both the awareness of big data as well as progress in actually leveraging its potential to really make an impact in the efficiency and effectiveness of relief work.
Finally, Sanjana touched more deeply on some of the ethical and rights based concerns over the generation, use and archival of big data, especially around humanitarian disasters in fragile States, and in post-war contexts. Ending on the note that sharing, not hoarding, firewalling and storing, is the new power, Sanjana flagged the report by the ICT4Peace Foundation The potential and challenges of open data for crisis information management and aid efficiency.
Am 11. und 12. November findet in Luzern das Swiss ICT Symposium 2013 statt. 20 hochkarätige Referenten nehmen Stellung zu den Perspektiven des ICT-Werkplatzes Schweiz. Abgerundet wird der Event durch die Verleihung der Swiss ICT Awards 2013.
Am 11. und. 12. November wird am «Swiss ICT Symposium 2013»* über die Zukunft des ICT-Standorts Schweiz diskutiert. ETH-Professor Dirk Helbing wird dann zeigen, wie er mit «FuturICT» auf einem Computer das ganze Weltgeschehen simulieren und berechenbar machen will. Nationalrat Balthasar Glättli spricht über die Netzneutralität, Stefan Burschka von Ruag identifiziert Botnetze und UBS-CIO Stefan Arn berichtet von seinem Alltag. Auch bekannte Persönlichkeiten aus Kultur (Yello-Mann Dieter Meier) und Sport (Max Heinzer, Weltnummer 1 im Degenfechten) werden aus ihrem Leben erzählen.
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