21st century pyramids--super datacenters

21st century pyramids--super datacenters

Summary: Last week I attended a dinner hosted by Mark Anderson, CEO of the Strategic News Service. Mark looks at the future of computing and communications in his newsletter and annual conference.

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markanderson220.jpgLast week I attended a dinner hosted by Mark Anderson, CEO of the Strategic News Service. Mark looks at the future of computing and communications in his newsletter and annual conference. During his remarks at dinner, Mark talked about 21st century pyramids, referring to the super datacenters Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Yahoo and others are building in energy-friendly territories. 

"The guys are building the pyramids, but they don't know what for. Is it for searching? No. An Internet Assistant delivered on a custom basis that tells us how to run our business and lives--how to get an edge is the ultimate best use of the real estate going forward," Mark said.

I asked Mark for more detail on his notion of an Internet Assistant (IA). Via email, he responded:
Today, the services we hope to get from the Web remain fairly mundane and "first order," i.e., where to buy and sell things, accounting help, etc.  But large scale server farms have the potential to solve much more supercomputer-like problems, on a custom basis, throughout our lives:

1. Learning what we are like, learning how we best learn
2. Providing guidance in second-order problem situations, from running businesses to helping with negotiations.pyramid.jpg
3. Keeping track of our needs throughout our lives, so that we can spend time more creatively.  This includes assisting where we may have insufficiencies.  When you finish high school or college, the IA will know how you did in each course.  Bad at algebra?  It will help, just a voice activation away.
4. Less trivial, it may also warn us about health and other issues before they come up, based on global knowledge vs. custom knowledge about us.  Plus provide financial assistance, which nearly everyone needs.
Think of it as a supercomputer "buddy" who helps you throughout your life.  The step before that, which is probably what Google thinks it is shooting for, is a family of databases capable of customized delivery to you for your own needs.

Mark sees these early stage datacenters evolving into more intelligent hubs dispensing advice and ordering our lives, similar to the vision in Apple's Knowledge Navigator concept video from 20 years ago. One of the next frontiers for competition is the datacenter build out, providing infrastructure for planetary computing, serving hundreds of millions if not billions of simultaneous users on the Net.

There will be a group of companies that provide the commodity and unique technology parts to power compute utilities and those who have the expertise to deliver compute, storage and networks services at very low cost and high performance. Companies, such as HP and Sun, will try to do some of both, existing service providers powering large Web sites will try to grow their footprints, many regional compute utilities will spring forth, and large sites with their own infrastructure like Amazon, Google and Microsoft will have the capability to enter the service provider business in a big way and further cement their brand relationships with customers. Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud is an example of what's to come. Hopefully, the super- datacenter build out won't end up like the telecom build out, resulting in large, slow moving national and local monopolies with indecipherable billing plans...

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  • Interesting

    Datacenters continue to evolve.

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    opensourcepro
  • Lets Hope Not

    But given most people are sheep including tech people in the end computers and the people who control them will rule. Techs for the most part will be willing help mates for their political masters.
    RobertoSalazar
  • When - 50, 100 Years from Now?

    The computer doesn't do a heck of a lot more than it did 30 years ago. We now have the Internet and computers are much faster, but do they really do anything different? We still have the same boring point and click at windows paradigm, and computers that crash at the drop of a hat due to poor code.
    This vision will take a big leap. Much smarter software and much more powerful computers to run it. And where is Voice Control? Artificial Intelligence? Why can't I ask my PC, "Computer, define epucious", and have it answer me? Why are we still using keyboards and mice? Where are the touch sensitive or gesture sensitive displays that will replace them? Why do I still need an Excel how to book next to me to create complex spreadsheets?
    We have a long way to go.... a long way.
    jpr75_z
    • Yes, progress is slow on some basics

      I agree and have often felt impatient about the same items -- the same slow progress can be seen in the automobile industry.
      I think the breakthrough, if it happens, will require a spectacular advance in applied AI, probably in war, traffic management or some other large-scale but mundane set of problems.
      alphasun2
  • Who's in control?

    This reminds me of all the talk about attention data. The biggest question is who is able to control the data that is being gathered. I wouldn't want a Google or Amazon to be able to have so much information about me, even if it was used to help me make better decisions or to know myself better.
    And when you, or Mark Anderson I should say, talk about involving health and financial information, there are some very serious privacy concerns that are brought up. Data is never <i>that</i> secure, and when all the data (qualitative and quantitative) about a person is already aggregated in one place, bad things are sure to happen-- no matter who has the data.
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    • Who's in control is the real question.

      I agree that this needs to have controls on this. I don't want anyone to have more of my info than they have now. This could turn into a Big Brother situation in the wrong hands. What if I don't like their recommendations?
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  • 21 st century pyramids!

    Operation over Think!!!!!!!! give it a break!
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  • Welcome to Orwell's world

    You have the right to speak, but only to The Computer.
    You have the right to meet people, but only through The Computer.
    You have the right to protest, but only to The Computer.
    We have the knowledge.
    If you don't pay the billing, you cannot get the knowledge; The knowledge blongs to those that pay to get the access to The Computer.
    if youdon't pay your billing, you'll be antisocial. Antisocials are banned from the community of our users. Good citizens pay their billing.
    We have the ight to choose who you want to meet. We have the right to choose which opinion better matches your profile.
    You must trust The Computer, because He has the knowledge.
    You must protect and acclaim The Computer for providing you accesses to so many other citizens through The Computer, that match your profile.
    Those that pay their billing for The Computer are happy and form a great community.
    Those that keep outside the Computer don't meet people. They don't want knowledge. They are nothing.

    There's nothing better in the world than the knwoledge that The Computer provides to you without limitation.

    You must not seek to know who controls The Computer and how the money of your billing is used, because The Computer provides you with all your needs. Attempts to discover is a danger for the survival of the community that needs The Computer; they are terrorist.

    Terrorists merit death. Only The Computer has the truth. Believe in The Computer as you believe in Good.

    ...

    Nightmare? No, a reality promoted by very large companies whose profits will progressively go to a reduced number of people. Humanity becoming slave of a few people, hidden through a technological fence.
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  • COMPUTER PYRAMIDS-HORROR

    POINT 1/. IN 1900 IT TOOK 5 DAYS FOR STANDARD MAIL TO GO FROM VANCOUVER,B.C. TO FLORIDA -IN 2000 IT TAKES AN AVERAGE OF 7-9 DAYS--COMPUTERS, THANK YOU FOR THE GREAT ADVANCES - PROGRESS???? POINT 2/. IN THE 1960's -70's , WHEN WE WENT TO THE BANK, LINES WERE NOT TOO BAD, NORMAL SERVICE TOOK ABOUT 2 MINUTES,PLUS THERE WAS PERSONAL SERVICE IF ANYTHING WENT WRONG, WHICH RARELY HAPPENED--TODAY SERVICE TAKES A COUPLE OF MINUTES IF NOTHING GOES WRONG, EXCEPT ABOUT ONE IN FOUR TIMES IT DOES-THEN IT CAN TAKE SEVERAL HOURS FOR SERVICE-RARELY PERSONAL-COMPUTERS WE THANK YOU FOR THE ADVANCES--PROGRESS??. I CAN LIST MANY MORE SIMILAR INSTANCES..WHAT KIND OF MORONS WOULD THINK THAT BIGGER IS BETTER, WHEN IT IS PROVED OVER AND OVER AGAIN THAT BIGGER IS WORSE? ALL THAT BIGGER DOES IS MAKE MORE CRACKS FOR THINGS TO FALL INTO..AS LONG AS NO ONE IS MADE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE CRACKS AND THOSE WHO FALL INTO THEM THE SYSTEM IS DESTINED TO CRASH.
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