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Monday, August 26, 2013

The COGNITIVE NET Is Coming - biologically inspired routing in the making


PERHAPS AS EARLY AS THE END OF THIS DECADE, our refrigerators will e-mail us grocery lists. Our doctors will update our prescriptions using data beamed from tiny monitors attached to our bodies. And our alarm clocks will tell our curtains when to open and our coffeemakers when to start the morning brew.

By 2020, according to forecasts from Cisco Systems, the global Internet will consist of 50 billion connected tags, televisions, cars, kitchen appliances, surveillance cameras, smartphones, utility meters, and whatnot. This is the Internet of Things, and what an idyllic concept it is.


But here’s the harsh reality: Without a radical overhaul to its underpinnings, such a massive, variable network will likely create more problems than it proposes to solve. The reason? Today’s Internet just isn’t equipped to manage the kind of traffic that billions more nodes and diverse applications will surely bring.


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