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Get in the Game: Connected Stadiums Enhance the Spectator Experience

Last week, I took my girls to their first Stanford Women’s Basketball game, a well played game against the University of Oregon. While there, I noticed that almost every person had a smartphone out at least once during the game—and for good reason. Stanford has upped the live sport experience for spectators.

By connecting to the pavilion’s Wi-Fi network with a smartphone, you can order and pay for concession-stand food from your seat. So, you don’t have to worry about missing anything. Plus, you’re able to view replays, participate in contests to win prizes and even play mini-games.

From connected stadiums like Poland’s new National Stadium, which will host the 2012 European Football Championship, to connected cities like Songdo South Korea, Cisco is helping to dramatically improve our experiences and quality of life by capitalizing on the power of the network.

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Social Media for Social Good – And What the Business World Needs to Remember

I went to the #social4good event last night at Stanford which featured guest speakers actor, Kevin Bacon and author of the book “The Dragonfly Effect”, Jennifer Aaker. I am always curious to learn about how other people and industries use social media so I was looking forward to hearing interesting tidbits on what else….social media for social good. Kevin Bacon took the stage (no pun intended!) to share his thoughts on the concept of six degrees of separation and how it triggered the birth of Did you know he first thought the notion of six degrees Read More »

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Stanford High Performance Computing Conference

Earlier today, I gave a talk entitled “How to Succeed in MPI without really trying” (slides: PPTX, PDF) at the Stanford High Performance Computing Conference. The audience was mostly MPI / HPC users, but with a healthy showing of IT and HPC cluster administrators.

My talk was about trying to make MPI (and parallel computing in general) just a little easier.  I tried to point out some common MPI mistakes I’ve seen people make, for example.  I also opined about how — in many cases — it’s easier to design parallelism in from the start rather than trying to graft it in to an existing application.

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Look Ma, No Hands

Imagine, getting your commute time back via an autonomously driven cars or personal rapid transit systems. For anyone asking, what’chu talkin’ about, Willis?

Wikipedia defines the driverless car as:
A driverless car is a vehicle equipped with an autopilot system, and capable of driving from one point to another without aid from an operator. Driverless passenger car programs include the 800 million EC EUREKA Prometheus Project on autonomous vehicles, the 2getthere passenger vehicles from the Netherlands, the ARGO research project from Italy, the DARPA Grand Challenge from the USA, and Google driverless car.

And personal rapid transit (PRT) as:
Personal rapid transit (PRT), also called personal automated transport (PAT) or podcar, is a public transportation mode featuring small automated vehicles operating on a network of specially-built guide ways. PRT is a type of automated guideway transit (AGT), which also includes systems with larger vehicles, all the way to small subway systems.

That’s right in the near future K.I.T.T. could really possible! Of course the systems not only give you back some of your valuable time they could make driving a safer experience for all. According to the head of Vislab Professor Alberto Broggi, “Right now 93 percent (quoting European statistics) of all the road accidents are caused by human errors so if you can help the driver, or even remove the driver we might be able to solve this problem.”

Google recently made headlines and caused quite a stir when they piloted their driverless car on an California highway.

Google Driverless Car Project

Google isn’t the only entity causing a stir this year though. Stanford, VisLab and 2getthere also made headlines with their driverless car projects. Read on to see examples of each in action… Read More »

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