thomas erickson

When we think about “smarter,” let’s not forget about people, says Thomas Erickson, social scientist at IBM Research. Because people sense, analyze and act on data very differently from the way digital systems do, people can add layers of value, interpretation and innovation. “Smarter” means human intelligence and digital smartness working together, in a complementary fashion.

(via The Power of Combining Digital and Social Intelligence « A Smarter Planet Blog)

Making the power grid social. An interactive visualization can show customers the ebb and flow in the production and consumption of energy in near real-time. With a social grid, users can see how much power is generated locally, from what sources, and where it’s being consumed. When customers understand what happens when households put energy back into the grid, or participate in demand response programs, they can make smarter choices. Via Forbes