Thursday, May 03, 2012

MIT + Harvard + online + free = edX

edX - Home:

"EdX is a joint partnership between The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard University to offer online learning to millions of people around the world. EdX will offer Harvard and MIT classes online for free. Through this partnership, the institutions aim to extend their collective reach to build a global community of online learners and to improve education for everyone."

Currently, the only class available is MIT's 6.002x (Circuits and Electronics)

Japan’s Last Nuclear Reactor to Go Off-line - IEEE Spectrum

Japan’s Last Nuclear Reactor to Go Off-line - IEEE Spectrum

Japan has 54 reactors. Aside from the four damaged Fukushima Dai-ichi reactors and several others out of service over safety concerns, the rest lie idle as they undergo government-ordered stress tests—a mandate that followed last year’s massive 11 March earthquake and tsunami.

Inside IBM’s Huge “Big Data” Buying Spree

ReadWriteWeb: Inside IBM’s Huge “Big Data” Buying Spree

"That IBM wants to be perceived as the master of data stores is no surprise. What’s interesting here is that the company is taking an almost Oracle-like approach to the subject, buying up as many as 30 separate big data-related entities in recent months (Vivisimo being #30) and wedging them together in hopes that they form a picture that looks something like a platform."

The Internet of Things - YouTube

The Internet of Things - YouTube: " by IBM"

'via Blog this'

Internet of Things, ZigBee, Big Data

The intangible assets of the Internet of Things

“The emergence of the Internet of Things has created such a flood of data that only state-of-the-art information technology can gather, filter, order and interrogate the resulting, massive data set, generically called Big Data, “

ZigBee @ Wikipedia ZigBee is targeted at radio-frequency (RF) applications that require a low data rate, long battery life, and secure networking. ZigBee has a defined rate of 250 kbit/s best suited for periodic or intermittent data or a single signal transmission from a sensor or input device.[1] ZigBee based traffic management system have also been implemented. The name refers to the waggle dance of honey bees after their return to the beehive.

Smart Meter

A smart meter is usually an electrical meter that records consumption of electric energy in intervals of an hour or less and communicates that information at least daily back to the utility for monitoring and billing purposes.