Technology

Teasing data from the cloud

Imagining how information will be collected and analyzed in the not-so-distant future

Radka loved the view from the office. The west-facing windows on this floor of the Avallónë Data Cloud Inc. tower swept out over the Grand Park with its comprehensive trail and networked education system. Beyond the park, the city itself scrawled a pattern of intermingled old and new construction, biological trees and network trees intermingled as well. At the distant edges, the cranes of deconstruction chipped away at sections of the Dropzone. The Dropzone was the local name for the strip of land along the coast where insurance coverage had been dropped. Much of it was being turned into beach or park. But in the meanwhile it was an 80-kilometer strip of cranes, jackhammers and drifting trash. The official name of the area was the Dynamic Littoral Potential Zone. Radka's assistant brought in her physical mail for the day. Several postcards from old college friends on a vacation in North Africa, The Economist (print edition), a few premium data reports, business correspondenc...