Patrick Nelson

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Patrick Nelson was editor and publisher of the music industry trade publication Producer Report and has written for a number of technology blogs. Nelson wrote the cult-classic novel Sprawlism.

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A data-transmission revolution is underway

A data-transmission revolution is underway

Two radical data transmission ideas are being developed. One uses trions instead of electrons to transmit information, and the other replaces the silicon in semiconductors with other compounds.

Self-organizing micro robots may soon swarm the industrial IoT

Self-organizing micro robots may soon swarm the industrial IoT

Masses of ant-like, self-organizing, microbots could soon perform tasks such as push objects in factories, swarm industrial production-line trouble-spots, and report environmental data.

Data centers may soon recycle heat into electricity

Data centers may soon recycle heat into electricity

Rice University researchers are developing a system that converts waste heat into light and then that light into electricity, which could help data centers reduce computing costs.

Public internet should be all software-defined

Public internet should be all software-defined

Having a programmable public internet will correct inefficiencies in the current system, engineers at NOIA say.

Smarter IoT concepts reveal creaking networks

Smarter IoT concepts reveal creaking networks

Today’s networks don’t meet the needs of emergent internet of things systems. IoT systems need their own modern infrastructure, researchers at the University of Magdeburg say.

An eco-friendly internet of disposable things is coming

An eco-friendly internet of disposable things is coming

Researchers are creating a non-hazardous, bacteria-powered miniature battery that will propel the internet of disposable things (IoDT).

SoftBank plans drone-delivered IoT and internet by 2023

SoftBank plans drone-delivered IoT and internet by 2023

Drones using satellite backhaul, and operating at around 12 miles up, will provide reliable, widespread communications for use during disasters and in IoT implementations.

Disposable $100 IoT satellites could swarm Earth's orbit

Disposable $100 IoT satellites could swarm Earth's orbit

Chip-sized, miniature satellites could take internet of things-like sensing to space.

Data centers should sell spare UPS capacity to the grid

Data centers should sell spare UPS capacity to the grid

Distributed Energy is gaining traction, providing an opportunity for data centers to sell excess power in data center UPS batteries to the grid.

Self-learning sensor chips won’t need networks

Self-learning sensor chips won’t need networks

Scientists working on new, machine-learning networks aim to embed everything needed for artificial intelligence (AI) onto a processor, eliminating the need to transfer data to the cloud or computers.

Satellite-based internet possible by year-end, says SpaceX

Satellite-based internet possible by year-end, says SpaceX

Amazon, Tesla-associated SpaceX and OneWeb are emerging as just some of the potential suppliers of a new kind of data-friendly satellite internet service that could bring broadband IoT connectivity to most places on Earth.

Edge-based caching and blockchain-nodes speed up data transmission

Edge-based caching and blockchain-nodes speed up data transmission

Using a combination of edge-based data caches and blockchain-like distributed networks, Bluzelle claims it can significantly speed up the delivery of data across the globe.

Will 5G be the first carbon-neutral network?

Will 5G be the first carbon-neutral network?

Increased energy consumption in new wireless networks could become ecologically unsustainable. Engineers think they have solutions that apply to 5G networks, but all is not certain.

The first step toward ultra-high-speed Wi-Fi: a laser-radio transmitter

The first step toward ultra-high-speed Wi-Fi: a laser-radio transmitter

Laser-driven radio transmitters will generate microwave signals that could be considerably faster than today's traditional radio frequency wireless signals.

Revolutionary data compression technique could slash compute costs

Revolutionary data compression technique could slash compute costs

A new form of data compression, called Zippads, will create faster computer programs that could drastically lower the costs of computing.

How data storage will shift to blockchain

How data storage will shift to blockchain

Move over cloud and traditional in-house enterprise data center storage, distributed storage based on blockchain may be arriving imminently.

'Fiber-in-air' 5G network research gets funding

'Fiber-in-air' 5G network research gets funding

A consortium of tech companies and universities plan to aggressively investigate the exploitation of D-Band to develop a new variant of 5G infrastructure.

Anti-lasers could give us perfect antennas, greater data capacity

Anti-lasers could give us perfect antennas, greater data capacity

Anti-lasers get close to providing a 100% efficient signal channel for data, creating more capacity for ever-increasing data demands.

Running LEDs in reverse could cool computers

Running LEDs in reverse could cool computers

The miniaturization of electronics is reaching its limits in part because of heat management. Many are now aggressively trying to solve the problem. A kind of reverse-running LED is one avenue being explored.

Motorola taps freed-up wireless spectrum for enterprise LTE networks

Motorola taps freed-up wireless spectrum for enterprise LTE networks

Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) is developing. Out of the gate, Motorola is creating a private land mobile radio (LMR) system that includes enterprise-level, voice handheld devices and fast data networks.

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