Helpful Environment

“The Helpful Environment” vision is of a future in which ubiquitous computing, sensor grids and networked systems combine to help the individuals, families, businesses, organizations, the public at large, regions and countries to be self supportive and mutually helpful with specialised resources for their daily lives, for help and assistance in emergencies. The vision, some international programmes which contribute to it, some of the organisations that are pursuing this vision and some of the Edinburgh projects and research that will we hope will help make it a reality are described in this paper:

Tate, A. (2006) The Helpful Environment: Geographically Dispersed Intelligent Agents That Collaborate, Special Issue on “The Future of AI”, IEEE Intelligent Systems, May-June 2006, Vol. 27, No. 3, pp 57-61. IEEE Computer Society.

More details of the research that is contributing to this vision is at:

For related work see these links:

  • IBM Smarter Planet Programme
  • Introduction –
  • Blog –
  • IBM’s vision is to bring a new level of intelligence to how the world works – how every person, business, organization, government, natural system, and man-made system interacts. Each interaction represents a chance to do something better, more efficiently, more productively. But more than that, as the systems of the planet become smarter, we have a chance to open up meaningful new possibilities for progress.
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