The Self-Aware Earth

First came the computer. Then the Internet. Then awareness.

Published: May 18, 2009

Peter Hartwell wants to listen to all the vital signs of the Earth. Over the next five years his project, called Cense, or Central Nervous System for the Earth, aims to seed the planet with 1 million sensors. Eventually there could be a trillion sensing stations, each the size of a shirt pin and carrying 10 to 20 sensors for measuring things like light, temperature and vibration, plus radio gear to send the info to a central location.

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(This story appears in the 05 June, 2009 issue of Forbes India. You can buy our tablet version from To visit our Archives, click here.)

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