A challenge to build a system to measure the Earth’s energy flow

By Melissa Dymock

Mark Anderson, founder and CEO of Strategic News Service, issued a challenge to build a computer that can measure the earth’s energy flow at the Future in Review conference during a Wednesday afternoon session. This challenge went out to a team selected by Anderson for their high intelligence and known capabilities.

The team consists of Ilkay Altintas, Chief Data Science Officer, San Diego Supercomputer Center, UC San Diego, Steve Coy, President, TimeLike Systems, Brad Holtz, CEO, Cyon Research, and Chief Nexus Officer, Coventry Computer, Jeff Hudson, CEO, Venafi, Talbot Jaeger, CEO, NovaWurks, Nathanael Miller, Aerospace Engineer, NASA Langley Research Center, Franklin Williams, Principal, Live Earth Imaging Inc., and David Zuniga, Commercial Innovation Manager, Center for the Advancement of Science in Space.

In addition to Anderson, there are two other judges on the project: Larry Smarr, Director, Calit2 (a UC San Diego / UC Irvine partnership) and SNS Ambassador for Pure Science, and Ty Carlson, CTO, Coventry Computer.

In addition to building a system to measure the energy flow of the earth, the participants have been charged with building a computer system that can measure all flows. According to Anderson, the system needs to be robust, reliable, scalable, fast, and inexpensive. The information should be real-time, accurate, and truthful.

The participants, faced with this huge challenge, questioned how inexpensive was defined. Smarr reassured them by saying that if for instance the team needed a 100-million-dollar component, the judges would determine if there’s a cheaper alternative or if it can be acquired.

Smarr challenged them to have a breadboard that would indicate if the system is possible and buildable within an year.

“The ocean is deep and the sky is high,” said Carlson.

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