By Tim B.
On 1 December 2017
In Pattern, Thing
Fast Company, September 2017.
These clumps of cell towers, with their own mini cloud services, can handle time-critical operations like coordinating autonomous cars, independently, without having to touch the larger internet.
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“Edge computing within these local nodes is the internet version of a reflex reaction. You kick instantly when someone taps your knee because the “decision” to kick comes from a few neurons in your spine, without sending a signal up the backbone to your brain. Likewise, these mission-critical decisions can happen at the edge, without sending signals up the internet backbone to some “brain” in a giant, far-off server farm.”
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