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Sci-Fi Turned Real Life: 5 ‘Spooky’ Innovations in Science and Technology

Happy Halloween from all of us at Cisco!

To celebrate, here’s a fun list of the top 5 ‘spookiest’ tech innovations –those inspired by sci-fi, made real life through incredible advances in STEM research and the growing connections in the Internet of Everything:

1. The Bionic Man:  Not quite Steve Austin, Roboticists at Shadow Robot Co. in England have created the world’s first robot human made entirely of prosthetic parts. He can walk, talk, and even has a beating heart and circulatory system. We have the technology…

2. Invisibility Cloak: While Hogwarts might not be accessible to us muggles, scientists at HyperStealth Biotechnology have been working on the best camouflage fabric yet- it makes you invisible. Now if we just had a time-turner for some of those incredibly busy days!

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The Network Week in Review and Look Ahead: September 19-23

TGIF! Before you start enjoying your weekend, check out The Network’s top news stories of the week!

1.) 2011 Cisco Connected World Technology Report

Did you know that two out of five college students say the Internet is more important than dating, hanging out with friends, partying and listening to music? This is just one of the many findings from the Cisco Connected World Technology Report. Discover the rest of the findings here.

2.) Creating Videos that Resonate with Your Customers

Unfortunately, there’s no sure-fire formula for creating viral videos. But videos that offer useful information, not just entertainment, can spark the most interest among customers. What B2B videos have you found most useful?

3.) How the Evil Networks of Science Fiction Became Your Best Friend

Science fiction networks have traditionally menaced humanity. But when they fail, we realize our reliance on them and how they connect us both singly and together. What is your favorite “science fiction network”?

4.)  More Than Just a Vendor: How Cisco Differs from the Competition

For more than 25 years, Cisco has systematically invested in customer relationships and developed a reputation for doing whatever it takes to deliver on its commitments. Learn more about how Cisco sets itself apart from the competition.

Take a look at what The Network will be highlighting next week!

  • The Future of the Social Web: Social Graphs Vs. Interest Graphs: Social networks seemed poised to take over the Web. In reality, they still have a ways to go in delivering targeted services to customers. Check out this new feature on Monday!
  • Now Playing on the Intranet: Video for Internal Communications. Internal communications  professionals are always looking for ways to get time-strapped employees to pay attention to company news. Today, enterprise social media tools have turned internal communications into a two-way dialogue, allowing employees to participate in discussions, share ideas, and ask questions.

And, that’s a wrap! Have a great weekend everyone!

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Security Today – Magic or just a throwback to a 1960′s episode of Star Trek?

Stealing a quote from Arthur C. Clarke: “Any technology, sufficiently developed, is indistinguishable from magic”. Some people would certainly consider security these days as magic. Okay, so much for that reference, but what does Star Trek have to do with government and security, my typical topics. Star Trek, although mostly about exploration sure seemed to have a bit of a “Space Military” characteristic to it. Isn’t that what the Star Fleet was all about? (no offense intended, Capt. Kirk.)

Lately, I’ve been doing some research for a paper on the integration of physical and logical security (I did an initial paper that you can see here: Click on “The Necessity of Security”) and it dawned on me how very similar the technology of today is to the science fiction of the 1960’s, or in Mr. Clarke’s case, magic. So here is a synopsis of some of my observations. I’m sure there are more; please feel free to reply with what I’ve missed or your own favorites.

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