I'm thinking with you, kerryf, in seeing the potential problems and risks. Or, in agreement with Mary, having trouble envisioning all the integration becoming operational.
I do think that the use of information and the web devices that "inform" consumers about their energy use, navigation, etc., is a contribution. It's when it comes to "controlling" our cars that I put on the brakes. If you want to control electricity demand on electrical cars that is one thing, but taking on control of cars and managing them through networks I think is something totally different.
Just imagine a "fat fingers" scenario affecting traffic, a la Wall Street!
Funny, but at some point I'm sure that will be true. Given that viruses and spammers are just starting to hit smart phones its only a matter of time. In fact, the impact would be greater -- the car's front-end computer would be likely be interconnected with the other computers in the car, opening the possibility of some major problems if a hacker (say in Russia etc) works his way into your smartcar.
The city of San Francisco is on the leading edge of using the Internet to provide government transparency. It is providing WiFi for its have-nots, and its DataSF.org initiative is putting the city's valuable data back in the hands of its citizens, with innovative results.
Facebook's Graph Search may face some profound challenges and risks, first, because Facebook users haven't been thinking of their posts as product reviews; and second, because Facebook will now have to contend with the social-network equivalent of SEO "gaming" of results.
A recent release of the popular TweetDeck app for Twitter power-users gives new life to software that had previously taken a wrong turn. Here's a quick walk-through of the new TweetDeck, to show you why it should be at the top of your Twitter toolkit.
Twitter's changes are clearly aimed at being more Facebook-like, and this is because both companies are vying to serve the mobile social network market. But can that market work for anybody, given how difficult it is to push ads to social-update readers?
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