Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Dirk Helbing from the ETH Zürich – who was the main initiator of FuturICT, a Future Emerging Technologies EU research programme flagship application which, unfortunately, failed in the competition against the Human Brain project and the Graphene project (see a comment here) – will give a talk.
The Internet of Things can become a “Planetary Nervous System“, Helbing is convinced. That Planetary Nervous System, however, shall not become a Big Data platform for Big Brothers but rather be “built by citizens and for citizens”, a “Citizen Web“, “open, privacy-preserving and participatory”. Helbing envisions a “novel social mining paradigm”: “Users are provided with freedom and incentives to share, collect and, at the same time, protect data of their digital environment in real-time.”
Summit attendees will be curious about how that can work.
They can listen to Helbing’s keynote on the 5th of June in the framework of the “Global Brain” Track.
See the TEDx video with Helbing’s talk on Creating a planetary nervous system together.