In the last issue, I wrote that I might return to standards and the Obama administration in the future. It didn't take long.
The Smart Grid is on the way, and its grand vision includes linking the homes of America into a vast interactive network that will be self-leveling, self-aware, and self-healing. The technology can take us a long way towards that goal, but consumers will need to come on board as well. Will they?
Not long ago, simply upgrading the aging U.S. electric grid to the state of the digital art to reduce power failures seemed like a big challenge. Now, the upgrade is intended to do much more: increase national security by limiting our dependence on foreign oil, reduce the need for new centralized power production facilities, and cut green house gas ...
Selecting and developing the many standards needed to make the Smart Grid smart will be a tall order. George Arnold has recently been appointed to be the first U.S. National Coordinator for Smart Grid Interoperability at NIST, and in this interview, he tells how the job will be done.
Once upon a time, the desert was a place of peace and beauty. Then Las Vegas happened.
Major newspapers and wire services have recently begun talking tough about cracking down on on-line aggregators that reproduce news extracts and then link back to the full text. Are the news organizations biting the hands that could save them?
It's a truism that those that write history get to invent it. It's less often appreciated that those who define when history begins can eliminate what came before entirely.