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Inescapable Data: Harnessing the Power of Convergence (paperback)

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  • Copyright 2005
  • Dimensions: 6 X 9
  • Pages: 304
  • Edition: 1st
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  • ISBN-10: 0-13-702673-0
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-702673-9

  • How "data everywhere" transforms business, technology, and the way you live

  • A pioneering look at grand, new efficiencies forthcoming

As communications, computing, and data storage converge, data is becoming utterly ubiquitous...and that changes everything. In this book, two leading data management visionaries reveal how data transforms the way you do business, the technologies you use, the investments you make, the life you live, and the world you live in.

Chris Stakutis and John Webster draw on interviews with nearly 50 leading experts: technologists, sociologists, entrepreneurs, consultants, researchers, media leaders, and futurists alike. You'll discover how today's "primordial soup" of wired and wireless gadgetry is quickly coalescing into something immensely more powerful, driving applications you thought were pure science fiction. You'll also gain deep insight into the profound implications of ubiquitous data capture: implications that touch everything from your bedroom to the battlefield:

  • The emerging "Connectivity Divide." Which side of the chasm are you on?

  • Inescapable data's technical components: Async communications,

  • pervasive computing devices, wireless, and XML

  • Global calendars, momentary enterprises: Transforming your life and business

  • Uncontrolled information availability: Its risks to your security and well-being

  • The future of technical infrastructure, grids, smart storage, and beyond

  • Radical, new modes of information delivery: Nonnumeric, nontextual, unobtrusive

  • Future tech: From holographic displays to fertility "wall clocks"

  • Your DNA on a chip: The heart of your personal health and wellness program


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Table of Contents

Foreword.

Preface.

Acknowledgments.

1. The Inescapable Data Vision.

2. The Connectivity Divide.

    Introduction.

    Wireless and WiFit From Confusion and Competition to Possible Synergy.

      Nokia and DoCoMo Versus the Old Guard.

      Connecting You.

      Connected and Truckin’.

      Staying Connected Down on the Farm.

      Connected Camping.

      Untethered Displayable Data.

      Religion and the Connected.

      Summary.

3. Inescapable Data Fundamentals.

    Introduction.

    What Is Important in Communication.

    From Postal Mail to Voicemail to E-Mail to IM and Beyond.

    Data-Everywhere Devices.

    RFID.

    Hybrid PDAs (Personal Communicators).

    Video Cameras and Webcams.

    Wireless Pervasive Monitoring and Sensing Devices.

    Enabling Pervasive Networking.

    XML...Describing It All.

    Summary: The Final Blend of Ingredients.

4. From Warfare to Government, Connectivity Is Vitality.

    Introduction.

    Instant Messaging Changing Command and Control in War.

    Battlefield Connectivity.

    A “Connected” Homeland.

    Pervasive Public Surveillance.

    Connecting State Governments...Together.

    Summary.

5. Pervading the Home.

    Introduction.

    Key Foundation Technologies.

    RFID, Wireless, and XML.

    For Example, Refrigerators.

    From Laundry and Home Inventory to Energy Systems.

    Home Security: Video.

      GPS—Tracing Our Steps.

      Summary.

6. Connecting Medicine.

    Introduction.

      DNA—Massive Data, Massive Value.

      Bioinformatics/Pharmaceuticals.

      Radiology.

      Hospitals.

      Scheduling Care Delivery.

      Pediatric and Personal Health Care.

      Summary.

7. Work Life: Oxymoron No Longer.

    Introduction.

    Converged Connections—Of Conference Calls, Cell Phones, and WiFi-Enabled Laptops.

      Work@Home.

      Instant Messaging.

      Groupware and Virtual Office.

      Text Messaging and Convergence.

      The New Employee: Independent Consultant.

      Social Implications.

      Summary.

8. Real-Time Manufacturing.

    Introduction.

      The Changing Manufacturing Landscape.

      Value Stream Mapping.

      RFID and Real-Time Insight into the Supply Chain.

      New Computing Architectures Driven by RFID-Type Sources.

      The Shipping Business.

      Customized Through to Consumer.

      Video-Controlled Productions.

      Summary.

9. Sports and Entertainment: Energizing Our Involvement.

    Introduction.

      Auto Racing by Numbers.

      Heads-Up Sports.

      Inescapable Data and the Individual.

      Athlete.

    The Swimmer’s Edge.

    Running with Inescapable Data.

    The Inescapable Data Racquet.

      Teams and Fans: Real-Time Participation.

    Player Tracking and Analysis.

    Participatory Games.

    TV: Yielding to User-Designed Viewing.

    Video Business, Connected Style.

    Summary.

10. Connecting to Retail

    Introduction.

    RFID and the Grand Retail Vision.

    Mining Retail E-Commerce

    Charting the Course of Customers.

    Watching Store Operations.

    Metro’s Future Store: A Look at Where It  All Comes Together.

    Buying Shoes—How Extreme  Customization Is Possible.

    Summary.

11. Computer Storage Impacted by Inescapable Data.

    Introduction.

    Data Classification.

    Store Everything?

    The Data Preservation Challenge.

    Breakthrough Compression.

    Video and Media Driving Storage  Growth.

    From Blocks to Files to Objects.

    Data Protection.

    Storage Utility.

    Summary.

12. Super Computers, Visualization,  and Networks

    Introduction.

    Super Computers.

    Visualization and 3D Graphics.

    XML and New CPUs?

    Intelligent Networking.

    Internet Enterprise.

    Motes.

    Summary.

13. Inescapable Data in Perspective.

    What Is Inescapable Data?

    Venture and Investment

    Should I Worry About Too Much Data  and Connectivity?

    What Should I Be Doing to Exploit the New World?

    Predictions.

      Communication.

      Entertainment.

      Money.

      Home and Life.

      Work and Business.

      Miscellaneous.

   Summary.

Index.

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