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SMART Knowledge Portals as New Instruments of Investigation – for lifelong learning and education

Cover of "An Intimate History of Humanity...

Cover of An Intimate History of Humanity

Why is it so rare for me to be understood and believed? Why do more people like my poetry than the potential of my software? When will my idea of Smart Knowledge Portals see the light of day?

In a nutshell, Smart Knowledge Portals (here in 14 slides) are what Alexander von Humboldt described as a new instrument of investigation:

Humboldt had a horror of the single fact, believing that  in order to explore any one thing, one needs to approach it from all sides… Every discovery opens up the imagination further, stimulating more discovery:
it enlarges the sphere of ideas, excites a taste for investigation, while the creation of new instruments of observation increases the intelligence.”

  Theodore Zeldin, An Intimate History of Humanity, London 1994 Continue reading

Data Centre Technologies Academy: a Glimpse into the Future

I could report about every event I’m attending. But who would be interested? Who cares about how I try to sell my IP?

I was excluded from the London Technology Network (LNTN) because one could not possibly be interested in all the different kinds of events that I had registered for… Now the LNTN has become victim of ‘austerity cuts’ – that are, of course, perfectly unnecessary, unless one follows one’s paymaster… But that’s another of my areas of research.

In my ‘naive’, i.e. as yet uninformed ideas about data centres, I wanted to see whether they might be interested in offering my web services to their clients who store their ‘big data’ with them.

Funnily enough, I spoke to somebody from the company who stores data for CERN! One day, they will use my software and all my troubles with my former employer will be forgiven!…

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Net-Working for the Future of Smart Energy in Smart Cities

That’s what I like about living in London: the many opportunities for events that bring together people who illustrate the state of the art – of thinking, business and, above all, funding:

The outcome?

  1. An invitation to use my prototype to forecast data from a lecturer in Sustainable Electrical Power Engineering from the University of Greenwich for an academic publication.
  2. The possibility for writing a proposal to bridge the “Smart Meter” roll-out (top down, single product) with the OpenHub and LightSpeedDerby projects (bottom up, multiple products, multiple applications in the context of Smart Cities).
  3. Discussions about my innovation with an electronics firm that is looking for partners.
  4. The challenge to get my prototype working on my new laptop.
  5. A critique of the governmental conference centre that wastes energy on coloured lighting but wasn’t able to heat our room sufficiently.

If only I could meet the right people with an ‘intelligent chequebook’ instead of having to fit into yet another ‘scope’ of a ‘funding competition’. For this  funding style is a complete waste of resources, if follow-on funding is not built-in which is the case for the OpenHubs and LightSpeedDerby. What does it take for government to wake up???