Students for a Smarter Planet ..leaders with conscience
September 25th, 2014

Cognitive Computing is one of the major buzz-phrases in technology today.  The IBM Watson Jeopardy!™ Challenge pitted the “brain” of a computer against the minds of humans in a fascinating display of man vs. machine.  Cognition takes many forms, and researchers in the U.K. are striving to learn more about the human brain’s functionality by exploring lucid dreams.

Charles Osgood of CBS News Radio in the U.S. had this to report:  “The scientists say the lucid dreamers used their extra level of insight to “think in a different way” – perhaps get a little creative with their minds to solve more of the problems.”

Here’s a posting from the University of Lincoln that gives some background on their studies

Awake within a dream: lucid dreamers show greater insight in waking life


Perhaps what is learned from studying the lucid dreamers’ heightened ability to problem solve will be applied to the next level of work in cognitive computing?  Maybe it’s something you want to be involved with?  For now…

sleeping computer…sleep well!


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The Dutch Courage Foundation is sponsoring the πoseidon project which is supported by Delft University of Technology and IBM and comprised mostly of volunteers.

The ultimate goal of the πoseidon project is to setup an open platform for the collection and sharing of data within the (academic) research community and to make these data available to entrepreneurs and decision makers.

In Central Asia, which suffers under tremendous water stress, depletion of their natural resources is occurring at an alarming rate. The most striking example is the Aral Sea, which is drying out at a rapid pace, leaving nothing but dry desert on the land which was once ocean.

blog aral sea

The πoseidon project aims to make a change in all of this by creating awareness through education and marketing and providing assistance by developing low cost open source devices and an IBM Bluemix platform to assist local farmers in more efficient irrigation. This is called precision agriculture.

If you wish to help, please contact

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September 17th, 2014

Heard this story on the radio and thought of boyfriends past who were SO into StarWars; perhaps they are still…  It was all about the Rebel Forces, and how the Death Star pulled them in – but I digress…

“Sci-fi” references aside, this is genuine Tractor Beam Technology that is currently being explored by scientists in Australia.  News has been released that physicists at The Australian National University (ANU) ‘have created a tractor beam on water, providing a radical new technique that could confine oil spills, manipulate floating objects or explain rips at the beach‘.

Here’s three takes on the subject:

ANU     BBC News   IFL Science


P.S.  I hear the surfing is great down under. Maybe you want to head off and join the Aussies to do some water research…

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September 15th, 2014

Think of the biker image of the daredevil: James Dean, Marlon Brando, Evil Knievel. Now think celebrities who rode motorcycles in the ’40s, like Humphrey Bogart, and in the ’50s and ’60s, like Elvis Presley and Steve McQueen. And the quintessential biker film “Easy Rider” with Dennis Hopper, Peter Fonda and Jack Nicholson [which is a must see for any real film-nik].

Now think about all their slick rides: Harley, Ducati, a classic Indian.  And the leathers – jackets, boots, gloves, etc.  OK… you’re in the right frame of mind…  Here’s some new tech that promises to ‘revolutionize’ the headgear of the biker crowd (I wonder if you can get it with spikes sticking out of the top?)

Skully motorcycle helmets  ties a whole lot of technology together with voice recognition and a head-up-display.  Jason Dorrier on Singularity Hub says: “If the design is right, it’ll be awesome.”   And another thumbs-up from TechNewsWorld

So – are you ready to “get your motor runnin’, head out on the highway”?  Or at least design some cool tech-gear for the road?

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September 10th, 2014

 Have you thought of trying a fun way to build skills In Big Data & Analytics, Cloud, Mobile, and Social?  If so, see this: Raising the game: The IBM Business Tech Trends Study.

The study reveals how Pacesetters, or leading companies, are using big data and analytics, cloud, mobile, and social for competitive advantage and the three key characteristics that set them apart.  You can go here for all the scoop.

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