Cool on two levels. One: Ubiquitous smart dust will make environmental data collection scalable. I spent this spring doing zooplankton sampling and bird monitoring — great to be outside — but it’s a lot of work and doesn’t collect nearly a fraction of the background data. You pretty much need to be everywhere all the time, recording what’s happening, to get ecological data useful for complex modelling. Trick banded birds out with these tiny, cheap rfid tags, set up some monitors, kick back and let the data stream in.
Two: The euro rocks hard over the dollar. Oh yea, 20 dollar bill gets some color, really cutting edge — these euros are fuckin communicating! That’s just the beginning of the future paradise being built over in the EU.