What if you could help conquer cancer or AIDS and find cleaner energy solutions with the click of a mouse? Or help clean up your local waterway with the snap of a picture on your smartphone?
Well, you can by joining People for a Smarter Planet (P4SP).
People for a Smarter Planet offers a dynamic network of activities and conversations that you can participate in to help build a sustainable and smarter world. Activities include the World Community Grid, which pools your computer's idle time with a growing grid of 1.6 million other computers that compute-power-starved researchers can then use to take on the world's most pressing challenges. And there's Creek Watch, an iPhone app that lets you take pictures and record quick data points on waterways to help water boards monitor your river and creek systems.
Our goal with the People for a Smarter Planet network on Facebook is to move from just telling people about Smarter Planet to actually letting them experience and take part in what it means to build a smarter planet. Creekwatch and World Community Grid are just the start. Through 2011 we plan to make available other services and experiences that allow you to participate and, in so doing, get a deeper sense of the possibilities of an interconnected, intelligent, and instrumented world.
We aim to foster conversations in the community that cover the spectrum of Smarter Planet topics -- from innovative data visualization and analysis to entrepreneurship to building smarter cities and more. Readers of this blog know we've been tracking these topics now for two years here (and will continue to do so); now we're expanding our social ecosystem to include the Facebook P4SP community, too. And with P4SP on Facebook, you can easily share information, videos, quotes, and ideas with members of your network, including family, friends, colleagues, and clients anywhere in the world.
So, be sure to join People for a Smarter Planet today. Stay connected, informed, and engaged to help build a smarter planet.