reflections on the technium

“The best way to predict the future is to invent it.” — Alan Kay

Archive for the ‘smart grid’ Category

Brown Bag at the Movies – Selected technical topics(4)

For this installment of Brown Bag at the Movies we will be viewing (abstract below):

Topics on the smart grid…

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So lets see how the orcs and trolls are massing to control this sea change in electrical power generation, transmission, distribution and use.

[We are now seeing the transition from dedicated analog appliances to general purpose digital, where an edge device will transition the analog signals into the digital domain to allow commoditized computation platforms to do the system protection and control.  Commoditization will drive costs down and integration will increase due to simplified scaling.]

{We can divide our [partial] list of players into nontraditional and traditional competition. Probably the one over riding characteristic of the nontraditionalist’s is their use of standards to accomplish commoditization, scaling, and depress prices.}

Nontraditional

Traditional

Other

For fun…

Have we now come to the point that we’ve duplicated Archytas of Tarentum’s ancient automated bird?

Written by Chuck Petras

May 30, 2011 at 12:06