AT&T Inc. Is Teaming Up With the U.S. Government to Expand Smart Cities

Posted: Saturday, October 3, 2015 @ 2:55 PM
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Model of a Smart City
Model of a Smart City

Wes Penre’s Comment: I wrote substantially about Smart Cities in the Wes Penre Papers, and I suggested that they will be built and go hand in hand with Artificial Intelligence and the so-called “Machine Kingdom” that will eventually replace today’s Homo sapiens sapiens, which is a race close to extinction. The species that will replace what we call the biological human body is going to be half machine and half human–a cyborg type of species–entirely in the hand of the Alien Invader Force.

The alternative human species that will exist side by side with the cyborgs to begin with I call Homo Nova in my papers. This species–less in numbers–will be the future, evolved human that eventually will break out of the “machine timeline” and create their own future in a much more peaceful and compassionate environment. This is what I predict–you will soon see it coming more and more into existence.

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This week, the White House announced $160 million in new funding and research grants to develop smart cities in the U.S. While that may be a moderate sum of money, it’s yet another step the U.S. government is taking to make the Internet of Things (IoT) more of a priority at the local and federal levels.

At the same time, AT&T (NYSE:T) announced that it’s now a lead member of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and will help the government agency set up smart city projects across the country.

The company will help bring new smart city technology to 10 U.S. cities, including connected solutions for lighting, transportation, safety, buildings, and parking. Much of the technology involves sensors that can track vehicle traffic, electric meters to monitor energy usage, apps to remotely manage city lighting, and even sensors that can detect gunfire.

The company will also host a Smart Cities hackathon with the NIST and the participating cities at its Developer Summit this coming January. AT&T hasn’t disclosed which cities it will work with, but the move marks a bigger shift toward the potentially lucrative smart city market.

A bet on smart cities
The company’s been building its smart city capabilities and already has 16.5 million smart energy meters in the the U.S. And just last month, the telecom giant teamed up with IBM to implement water sensors in Las Vegas, Atlanta, and Los Angeles. The sensors allow cities to track water usage during droughts and find leaks in old pipelines. The company said in a press release that cities all over the world face water shortages and that a typical pipeline leak can waste 400,000 gallons of water per year.

AT&T is trying to tap into a growing trend among cities to conserve their resources, improve their services, and reduce traffic and crime. According to Navigant Research, by 2023, global smart city technology revenue will hit $27.5 billion, up from $8.8 billion last year.

AT&T is not stopping there
Since January, the company has partnered with more than 136 companies for new IoT projects. Right now, AT&T connects more than 40% of all the connected farm machines in the U.S. and has 22 million IoT connections worldwide, including more than 600,000 connected cars.

As the U.S. government expands funding and research into connected cities, AT&T is in a great position to benefit. Its current projects and new partnership with the NIST make it an ideal carrier to bring more IoT connections to America.

It’s still too early to tell how much AT&T could make from smart city technologies, but Cisco Systems thinks the IoT will save the public sector $4.6 trillion between now and 2023. Part of those savings will come from telecoms enabling sensors to connect, monitor, and analyze city data in new ways. Right now, AT&T is leading the pack in bringing those connections, and that should eventually translate into more IoT revenues in the years to come. Just as with most IoT solutions, the promise of future benefits (and earnings) are just around the corner.

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Humans Will Become Hybrids by 2030, says Leading Google Engineer, with Tiny Robots Scurrying around our Brain to Help us Think

Source: Independent.co.uk., June 4, 2015
Posted here: Sunday, June 7, 2015 @ 10:05 AM

One of the world’s leading inventors and thinkers about the future said our ‘thinking will be a hybrid of biological and non-biological thinking’ in 20 years
One of the world’s leading inventors and thinkers about the future said our ‘thinking will be a hybrid of biological and non-biological thinking’ in 20 years

Note from the Editor: It looks as if what I predicted in the “Wes Penre Papers” is getting confirmed, one thing after another; even the year 2030, which I mentioned in the papers is mentioned here in mainstream media. I wish I were wrong about what I’ve written, and I’d happily take the bullet for that, but it’s all up to each and everyone of us. Please pull up the Independent.co.uk. article as well because it contains a slideshow that I can’t duplicate here. Thank you, Wes Penre.

In the near future, humans’ brains will be helped out by nanobot implants that will make us into “hybrids”, one of the world’s leading thinkers has claimed.

Ray Kurzweil, an inventor and director of engineering at Google, said that in the 2030s the implants will help us connect to the cloud, allowing us to pull information from the internet. Information will also be able to sent up over those networks, letting us back up our own brains.

“We’re going to gradually merge and enhance ourselves,” he said, reported CNN. “In my view, that’s the nature of being human — we transcend our limitations.”

As the cloud that our brains access improves, our thinking would get better and better, Kurzweil said. So while initially we would be a “hybrid of biological and non-biological thinking”, as we moved into the 2040s, most of our thinking will be non-biological.

Kurzweil has been heralded as one of the most accurate and prominent predictors of the future, and addressed some of those forecasts during the talk at a conference in New York.

Of the predictions that Kurzweil has made since the 1990s, an estimated 86 per cent of them are thought to have been correct. But he pointed out that some of those that seem to have been wrong were still yet to come.

He had predicted that self-driving cars would be in use by the end of the last decade, for instance. And while that was wrong, it shows that technology develops along certain directions — meaning that it’s not a question of whether certain innovations will arrive, but when.

“Now that’s not completely wrong,” he said. “If I had said 2015, I think it would’ve been correct, but they’re still not in mainstream use. So even the [predictions] that were wrong were directionally correct.”