April 6, 2015 Rotogram: 33

The Galapagos Islands

Steve Brandon, who has traveled the world photographing wildlife and speaking about conservation, returns with an account of the Galapagos Islands. Eddie Keith introduces him.

Next Week: MSU Athletics

With nationally ranked teams and major new facilities, Mississippi State University’s sports programs are flourishing. Scott Stricklin, MSU athletic director, will be introduced by Dave Boles.

For the Record—March 30

Invocation and pledge:              Frank Davis

Attendance:                                          70.7%

Present — 106 (40 exempt)

Absent — 75 (17 exempt, 12 honorary)

Makeup reported: Scott Farmer brought a Rotary Superman banner from the Rotary Club of Metropolis, Ill.

Guests: Visiting Rotarians were James Cada and Susanne Egli. Member guests were Mack Fulgham of Carey Hardin, Bo Burkes of Christina Lucas, Charles Waterloo of Jeff Read and Keith Mitchell of Sammy Slaughter. Guests of the club were Connor Guyton, John Reece, Max Garzoni, RYE student, and Alex Holloway, Starkville Daily News.

Meeting Notes

  • President Michelle presented a $500 support check for the Cotton District Arts Festival. Representing the Starkville Area Arts Council, Connor Guyton reported there are more vendor applications than ever for the April 18 event.
  • The president reminded members that volunteers still are needed for the arts festival. Contact Carrie-Beth Randall to sign up.
  • Members were reminded that Volunteer Starkville forms are available for members interested in local service.

Member Recruitment

Club membership growth has been significant this year; however, Carey Edwards, membership co-chair, said we need to keep up recruitment momentum going into the summer. He asked members to submit at least five prospect names to contact.

Membership Action

After more than 50 years’ service in the club, Billie Ball has been named an honorary life member by the board of directors.

Mark Your Calendar

Our annual awards banquet is April 20 at the Country Club. Susan Gamill, banquet chair, said we will honor Service Above Self. Sign-up sheets will be on tables.

The Rotarian

April is Magazine Month on the Rotary International calendar. Pick up your Rotarian publication and learn more.

Living Among the Internet of Things

“Simply put this is the concept of basically connecting any device with an on and off switch to the Internet (and/or to each other).”

Forbes Magazine, 5/13/14

March 30 — Invoking the memory of the The Jetsons, Gary Butler, CEO of Camgian Systems, guided a tour of “disruptive technologies” that change the world we live in.

“The 1962 cartoon show was built on the premise of a reduced work week where future technology would obviate the need for most human labor,” said the founder of one of INK Magazine’s top 50 most promising startups in the Internet of Things.

Butler sees the world as an enormous network of complex interconnected processes. He calls it the social process ecosystem with automated and manual activities ranging from simple cooking to complex transportation.

Humans provide system input in the form of labor and receive benefits in terms of education, food, health care, entertainment, etc.

Technology’s role is to drive ongoing improvements in terms of effectiveness, efficiency and capability with the overarching objective of continuously improving our quality of life.

The Pearl native focuses on disruptive technologies that drive wholesale changes and shifts to the underlying structure of the system.

One of history’s most disruptive technologies came with Gutenberg’s 1450 invention of the printing press. With it the proliferation of knowledge went well beyond the intellectual elite of the time and permanently altered societal structures around the world.

However, Butler maintains that the paper written in 1962 by a little known MIT professor kicked off the most disruptive technology era. J.C.R. Licklider, a consultant with the Defense Department’s Advanced Research Projects Agency described a common electronic networking system open to all people.

His proposed intergalactic network came to life in 1969 as ARPANET, the world’s first packet switching network.

Butler noted connectivity in the late 60s comprised terminal mainframe systems connected in a few nodes. It grew to thousands in the 70s. By the 80s and 90s with a client server model, connections numbered in the millions. Most recently with mobile units the system has crossed the billion connections threshold. But, he said that over the next five years it will bound from a few billion to 50 billion connections on the Internet.

His Starkville-based, award-winning company is poised to capitalize on this growth of the Internet of Things that will improve the collection, computation and communication of data and information among humans within the social process ecosystem.

Camgian’s EGBURT system aims to enable smart cities, agriculture, infrastructure, manufacturing, facilities management and retail. It simplifies connectivity of sensing devices on the network and allows companies to rapidly adopt IoT platforms.

“Everything we have seen in terms of the Internet’s disruption is a minor tremor compared to the seismic shifts that we are going to see over the next ten to 20 years,” said Butler. “This revolution in process automation is fueling a radical improvement in overall productivity. However, it is proving most disruptive in retail, publishing and music”

Quoting the network systems company Cisco, he said the IoT will create a $19 trillion market opportunity, easily comparable to the Industrial Revolution.

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