MIT Propose A Digital Cloud for London

London invited the world to build them an addition to their skyline, in time for the Olympics in 2012. Their request has been answered by researchers from MIT. Here are some details of their brave response:

The structure, dubbed “the Cloud”, would consist of two 400-foot towers and a number of interconnected, LED-filled bubbles, including an observation deck and a series of digital displays relaying statistical information from the Olympics.

A clean-powered entity, solar panels would provide much of the power needed. It is proposed that other running costs would be covered by its visitors – invited to ‘sponsor’ an LED.

A quote from their website offers some insight into their mission statement:

The Cloud addresses our twin attention spans of the short-term desire for information and stimulation, and our growing longer-term consciousness about our impact on the future, and our productive role within a larger harmonious ecology. It provides two resources – energy and data – harvesting both the natural ecosystem and humanity’s complementary cyber-sphere, fusing the two.

Further technical details below, for those interested:

TheCLOUD Project  

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  • Tom

    I gotta get me one of them ‘radically new non-Cartesian method[s] of spacial awareness’.

    Who the hell came up with that?

    • I guess it means space without corners – right?

      An interesting idea:
      To us, a cube represents the most efficient shape, because you can stack lots of them very closely to each other with minimal space wasted e.g. the Japanese development of cubic watermelons.

      To nature, a sphere is the most efficient shape, because energy is evenly distributed across it’s entire surface e.g. the naturally forming shape of a bubble, as response to equal pressure on all sides.

      Thoughts on this?

  • Tom

    I gotta get me one of them ‘radically new non-Cartesian method[s] of spacial awareness’.

    Who the hell came up with that?

    • I guess it means space without corners – right?

      An interesting idea:
      To us, a cube represents the most efficient shape, because you can stack lots of them very closely to each other with minimal space wasted e.g. the Japanese development of cubic watermelons.

      To nature, a sphere is the most efficient shape, because energy is evenly distributed across it’s entire surface e.g. the naturally forming shape of a bubble, as response to equal pressure on all sides.

      Thoughts on this?