Raising the IQ of Office Buildings

Can something that is really stupid be converted into something intelligent? With people, I'm not so sure that can be done. The only example I can think of is in the television cartoon "Futurama," where the dimwitted Fry eats a bad sandwich and is infected by parasites that improve his bodily system, making him smarter. In the real world, at least for people I know who aren't the sharpest knives, getting smart can be a tough task. But what about in other areas, especially IT? Could something stupid be made intelligent? What about probably the dumbest things we deal with on a daily basis? These stupid things I'm talking about are the buildings in which we work. Of course, a building is stupid by nature since it's an inanimate object. But there's much about our buildings that is even more idiotic than the simple concrete and steel, especially when it comes to dealing with IT. First off, let me guess where your server room is--I bet it's smack-dab in the middle of your office floor. What a great idea! Let's take a room that generates a ton of heat and wrap lots of offices and people around it. That way, we get to spend even more money and energy trying to keep it cool! If anyone had given even a second of thought to the structure of a building, he or she might have hit on the idea of putting the server room, I don't know, in a place that's easier to cool, such as underground. This is just one example. For others, you need only walk through an office at night to see how many lights, fixtures and other appliances are needlessly running and wasting energy. Click here to read the full article

Jim RapozaCan something that is really stupid be converted into something intelligent?

With people, I'm not so sure that can be done. The only example I can think of is in the television cartoon "Futurama," where the dimwitted Fry eats a bad sandwich and is infected by parasites that improve his bodily system, making him smarter.

In the real world, at least for people I know who aren't the sharpest knives, getting smart can be a tough task. But what about in other areas, especially IT? Could something stupid be made intelligent? What about probably the dumbest things we deal with on a daily basis?

These stupid things I'm talking about are the buildings in which we work. Of course, a building is stupid by nature since it's an inanimate object. But there's much about our buildings that is even more idiotic than the simple concrete and steel, especially when it comes to dealing with IT.

First off, let me guess where your server room is--I bet it's smack-dab in the middle of your office floor. What a great idea! Let's take a room that generates a ton of heat and wrap lots of offices and people around it. That way, we get to spend even more money and energy trying to keep it cool!

If anyone had given even a second of thought to the structure of a building, he or she might have hit on the idea of putting the server room, I don't know, in a place that's easier to cool, such as underground.

This is just one example. For others, you need only walk through an office at night to see how many lights, fixtures and other appliances are needlessly running and wasting energy.
Click here to read the full article