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Sorel Reisman: July 2011 blog

If you view this month's video, you'll quickly notice that it's different than previous ones. That's because I took advantage of a studio I was visiting while we were shooting new promotional videos for our Certified Software Developer programs. Watch for those in the near future (www.computer.org/certification). There's a fantastic deal there for you to try a beta version of our CSDA exam.

Last month, I had the pleasure of attending the "2011 Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition" (CVPR) conference (http://cvpr2011.org), where I sat in at the business meeting of the Technical Committee on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence (PAMI). This is a great group of volunteers whose annual conferences are thriving. In fact, in recognition of this growth, the IEEE Computer Society Planning Committee has identified Machine Learning as a key "Future Technology" for us to focus on, in our new strategic plan: SP-7.

Another event that also falls into the "Future Technology" category of strategic opportunities for the IEEE Computer Society is cloud computing. This month, our Technical Committee on Services Computing hosted four co-located conferences in Washington DC, "The 7th World Congress on Services" (http://www.servicescongress.org/2011/). This event, too, has grown dramatically since it was first established.

A benefit of my being able to attend these and other conferences is learning how different technologies— mobile computing, cloud computing, the "smart grid," and PAMI technologies—can come together to affect the communities in which we live. If you think that Web-enabled social networking has changed things, just wait until the "Internet of things" takes hold. Intelligent agents and communicating via mobile and cloud technologies will one day be ubiquitous. If you don't remember, or you just weren't around yet, check out Apple Computer's 1987 Knowledge Navigator on YouTube. The future is very, very near.

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