Intel Extending the Senses Through Technology

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It has been said that science is simply an extension of the senses, taking our minds into places that we couldn’t reach before. With technology and science, we are able to see the surface of far away planets with our eyes. We can look into the matrixes of the cells which make up our bodies. And we can journey to the surface of bodies which orbit our planet.

But technology is also making sea changes in the way we interact to the things we can already see and touch. Intel’s new tracking and communications technology uses analytics to communicate things people need to know in a variety of applications: seismology, agriculture, medicine, and cloud computing.

In seismology for instance, knowing that an earthquake is coming just a few minutes earlier can save potentially thousands of lives. This is making Intel’s analytics technologies a useful member in California seismology, where doomsday prophecies are about the best we had when trying to anticipate if and when “the big one” would occur. Today, seismology is at a point, largely in thanks to Intel, where loss of life can be minimized if one of these events threatens a localized community.

Agriculture is another place that has had people worried for quite a few years. With a growing world, many analysts have reported that agriculture is not going to be able to keep up. Using Intel’s analytics technologies, farmers can now keep close track on every aspect of their farmland (yields, growth patterns, nutrition and fertilization cycles, etc.) without having to be physically present. It’s a way of turning farming into a near-automated process, one which can be tweaked and managed with the specificity of a computer system. It’s just another of the many ways that this sophisticated level of analytics tools is going to change the future that we grow into.

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