Sneakernets: Bringing the Mountain to You Sameer Verma, Ph.D. Professor Information Systems Department San Francisco State University San Francisco, CA 94132 USA http://verma.sfsu.edu [email_address] @sameerverma Seminar Department of Computing University of the West Indies, Jamaica Unless noted otherwise
sneakernet Walking data across buildings on a storage device from one computer to another. High bandwidth, high latency. “ The theoretical capacity of a Boeing 747 filled with Blu-Ray discs is 595,520,000 Gigabytes, resulting in a 245,829 Gbit/s flight from New York to Los Angeles.” – Wikipedia
Internet Access http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Internet_Penetration.png
Can information flow like water? http://ltse.env.duke.edu/files/ltse/images/India%20Persian%20wheel%20irrigation%20Ganges%20Plain.jpg
A water “battery”. Can we build information batteries?
Viva La Revolución Can we spark a paradigm shift by providing equitable access to information all over the world?
Somebody is finally thinking of the children! To create educational opportunities for the world's poorest children by providing each child with a rugged, low-cost, low-power, connected laptop with content and software designed for collaborative, joyful, self-empowered learning. — OLPC Mission Statement, It's an education project, not a laptop project. — Nicholas Negroponte
Mission OLPC's mission is to empower the world's poorest children through education We aim to provide each child with a rugged, low-cost, low-power, connected laptop. To this end, we have designed hardware, content and software for collaborative, joyful, and self-empowered learning. With access to this type of tool, children are engaged in their own education, and learn, share, and create together. They become connected to each other, to the world and to a brighter future.