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Machines Talk More To Each Other

Cisco Systems had an interesting projection of the total amount of network traffic due to machines talking with other machines.


(Visual Networking Index Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast Update, 2011-2016)

But you might be surprised by the second-leading source of the expected surge in traffic. It won't come from people, but from machine-to-machine communications, or "M2M." Think of sensors in cars and in appliances, surveillance cameras, smart electric meters, and devices still to come, monitoring the world and reporting to each other and to centralized computers what they're detecting. The chart below, reprinted from the Cisco report, shows just how extreme the jump in machine-to-machine communications could be. It is expected to grow, on average, 86 percent a year, and by 2016 it is expected to reach 508 petabytes a month, or half a billion gigabytes.

Fans of sf great Frederik Pohl may recall the Talk Between Robots circuit from his 1954 story The Midas Plague:

"Fine! Well, get started on the other things, then."

"Yes, sir," said Henry, and assumed the curious absent look of a robot talking on the TBR circuits - the Talk Between Robots radio - as it arranged the appointments for its master.
(Read more about Pohl's Talk Between Robots circuit)

Take a look at these two related articles: RoboEarth Lets Robots Learn From Each Other and Lingodroid Robots Invent Spoken Language.

Via Technology Review.

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