A ‘Smart’ World – The Future

Reminisce on how far we have come in the 21st century; can you see the advancement technological wise and beyond? However, the questions which are by far more important are; how far we are still going? Or where we are going? And how will we get there? – The future.

Where we were
In the days of Shakespeare, sending a message to a person in another city was a big deal. Because, at that time, every message required a great deal of energy from the moment someone wrote it to the moment the recipient read it. I mean, you had to hire someone to carry the message for you. That person might have to walk or ride many miles to get to the destination which could be a dangerous journey.
In the same vein, we all know what a safe box or safe house meant to us a several decades ago. It was physical and built with strong/heavy materials and we preferred it no to be within the immediate reach anyone. Sometimes, it could be as small as a safe box of has big as a safe house which evidently makes it uneasy to hide. Bearing in mind that secrecy is the ultimate bedrock of security, we can only now realize how unsafe our belongings or information were, couple with the fact it was very stressful.
Even after the advent of computer which made information a bit more efficiently organized, everyone with a computer still spends a lot of time acquiring data and then trying to find a way to store it. For some computer owners, finding enough storage space to hold all the data they’ve acquired is a real challenge. Some people invest in larger hard drives. Others prefer external storage devices like flash drives or compact discs. Desperate computer owners might delete entire folders worth of old files in order to make space for new information. What an ‘optionless’ way to deal with simple issue!!

Where we are
Though the internet is just a few decades old , it short span of time has brought significantly new changes/experiences as things are much more civilized or rather ‘hi–tech’. You can boot up a computer, tablet, Smartphone or even video-game console and zap off a dozen messages in just a few minutes. Even better, the messages will arrive in the inbox belonging to the recipient nearly instantaneously.
Likewise, the option of ‘cloud storage’ is now open for the access and storage of personal, interpersonal and general information/data. Picking a clue of its meaning may be far what it actually is because it sound like it has something to do with weather fronts and storm systems, it refers to saving data to an off-site storage system maintained by a third party (database ) which you are given access to via the internet.
On the surface, cloud storage has several advantages over traditional data storage. For example, by storing your data on a cloud storage system, you’ll be able to get access to that data from any location that has Internet access. That is, you wouldn’t need to carry around a physical storage device or storage house. In addition, with the right storage system, you could even allow other people to access the data, turning a personal project into a collaborative effort.¬

Where we are going?
Light speed is considered the universal speed limit of everything, and this is widely accepted by the scientific community especially going by one of the tenets of Einstein’s Theory of Special Relativity which postulates that nothing can travel faster than the speed of light in a vacuum.
In corollary, it is not coincidental that Internet operates at near light speed (6c-.7c). This is so because of the denser-than-vacuum medium that internet data packets travel. Also, digital information such as Internet packets travels at 2/3 of the speed of light on copper wire and on fiber optic cables.
The most revealing explanation is here and it’s simple; electricity (the fastest and most dynamic energy) has proven to be the most efficient source of energy because it affords us the highest flexibility. It is the most compatible, most conservative or renewable and most consumable or usable therefore making it the most transformable.
Without the possible understanding of the connectivity of electricity and its computations, the advent of internet would have remained a day dream till this day. The inherent composition of the microscopic elements of the electricity and its computation via understanding, creatively paved the way internet which I consider an ‘innovative-invention’

How we are getting there, the Future
Information technology combined with electrical and thermal infrastructure make up the Modern energy systems though existing modelling and simulation tools are not capable to cover such systems in all of their aspects. The sum of this evolvement gradually becoming phenomena and going monumental is captured in what is called the ‘Smart Grid’
The concept which was developed in 2006 by the European Technology Platform for Smart Grids explains the marriage of information technology and electrical power system which has become the next-generation/ 21st century utility electricity delivery system.
Much in the way that a “smart” phone these days means a phone with a computer in it, smart grid means “computerizing” the electric utility grid. Smart grid generally refers to a class of technology which has come to describe a next-generation electrical power system that is typified by the increased use of communications and information technology in the generation, delivery and consumption of electrical energy. It has proven to be embedded with several advantages which are able to give it headway in the next generation when/ where aggressive progression in sustainable growth is a can’t-do-without. This is an example of how and where the movement environmental sustainability intersects with information technology.
In furtherance, a key feature of the smart grid is automation (digital) technology that lets the utility adjust and control each individual device or millions of devices from a central location. In addition, it allows for two-way communication between the utility and its customers.
The sensing along the transmission lines which exhibits as ‘self-healing technologies’ is what makes the grid smart. In short, a smart grid employs innovative products and services together with intelligent monitoring, control, communication, and self-healing technologies. Going by the triangle of energy efficiency, we can certainly say that Smart grid is sustainable, economic and secure/safe form of energy creation and distribution – optimization.

The Future
In an attempt to drive my point home the more, let’s take a cue by harking back to how we used computers before the Internet. They were useful, yes, but isolated. With the growth of the Internet, all the computers in the world could be easily linked, allowing for better communication, information sharing, and data transfer. The Internet turned a regular computer into a much more powerful tool. The same is true of the smart grid.
Space travel is just one of the possible applications of reaching or exceeding the speed of light which explains why operations and latest evolution of information technology is married to electric power system – smart grid. Albeit the implementation and spread of this phenomenon is gradually losing its substance as a challenge which is made so by learning that the designed algorithms need to be compact, computationally inexpensive, potentially self-organizing and intrinsically stable if applied to real energy systems. This was preached in some of research works of the early scientists like Nikola Tesla and exemplified more recently in products like the Tesla Motors.
The smart grid of the future will reflect the way we live today and the number of applications it can be used on once the data communications technology is deployed is growing as fast as inventive companies can create and produce them.
It will act much more like an interactive web, or “energy Internet,” with two-way communication, multi-directional power flow, and closed-loop automation at its core. The smart grid is, in essence, an “energy Internet,” delivering real-time energy information and knowledge.

In conclusion, ‘smart grid’ is an integral component of ‘smart growth’ and the achievement made in her sphere is quite laudable especially when looking at it from its contribution to a sustainable environment. Without ‘smart grid’, the takeover of ‘smart growth’ will be stalled and birth of a ‘smart world’ will either be aborted or prolonged.
This is so because the Smart Grid represents an unprecedented opportunity to move the energy industry into a new era of reliability, availability, and efficiency that will contribute to our economic and environmental health via its enablement of the integration and optimization of more renewable energy (such as wind and solar) and plug-in electric vehicles.
In closure, a ‘smart world’ is a world of efficient energy utilization and conservation – ‘energy optimization ’. That is unlike the days of Shakespeare when sending a message could take a tone of energy or when organization data/information could literally be seen as quite laborious; all of these activities can be now be done seamlessly in a single click and on –the-spot even more conveniently and flexibly to the glory of advancement in information technology and electricity optimization.


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