In the December issue of the IEEE Spectrum magazine, learn about how to preserve privacy and security in the cloud, why modernizing the power grid can't wait, corporate digital currencies, how the coldness of space can run lights on Earth, and more.
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A Bold New Plan for Preserving Online Privacy and Security
|“Whether we like it or not, we all use the cloud to communicate and to store and process our data. We use dozens of cloud services, sometimes indirectly and unwittingly. We do so because the cloud brings real benefits to individuals and organizations alike…”
The Transformer: Jesse Jenkins on Why Modernizing the Power Grid Can't Wait
|“In the past two years, the U.S. Congress has provided hundreds of billions of dollars to speed the deployment of clean-energy technologies. These investments are one reason why the International Energy Agency insists that there’s still hope to hold global temperature rise to 1.5 °C in this century…”
Are You Ready for Bezos Bucks?
|“Facebook's Libra proposal flopped. How might another private digital currency succeed where Libra did not? Consider Amazon, with more than 200 million unique visitors to its site every month. One way or the other, you’ll likely be seeing corporate currencies arriving soon…”
A Thermodynamics Hack
|“With so much energy available from heat, we’ve ignored another source of power: cold. The coldness of space is a thermodynamic resource, and largely untapped. It’s far away, but distance doesn’t prevent its use, particularly when we consider just how cold the vast space of the universe is…”
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