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Inspired by: other » Life controlled by optical fiber technology

version: 10 / updated: 2011-10-14
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Originally submitted by: Alvaro Delgado
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Source of inspiration

Other, please specify:   Corning life

The source of the Weak Signal is

http://www.corning.com/index.aspx , http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Cf7IL_eZ38&feature=youtu.be

Uploaded reports, images or pictures related to the Weak Signal

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touchscreen image 24905 open

Signal's headline

(max. 9 words)
Life controlled by optical fiber technology

Signal's description

(approx. 150 words)
Please describe the Weak Signal (approx. 150 words)
Currently more than 1.5 billion kilometers of optical fiber is deployed around the world, connecting people, businesses, communities, countries, and continents.


high technology, optical fiber, lifestyle, control systems, Corning.


(max. 250 characters)
Corning creates and makes keystone components that enable high-technology systems for consumer electronics, mobile emissions control, telecommunications and life sciences.

Signal's first apperance


Signal's potential evolution

It could lead to...
issue type of issue/development potential impact on society timeframe for the issue to become at least 50% probable
#1 glass high technology new/emerging
very beneficial

Under what assumption the Weak Signal might evolve.

This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve a variety of business risks and other uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially. These risks and uncertainties include the possibility of changes or fluctuations in global economic and political conditions; tariffs, import duties and currency fluctuations; product demand and industry capacity; competitive products and pricing; manufacturing efficiencies; cost reductions; availability and costs of critical components and materials; new product development and commercialization; order activity and demand from major customers in the liquid crystal display industry and other businesses; pace of recovery in telecommunications capital spending, particularly for optical fiber and cabling; changes in the mix of sales between premium and non-premium products; facility expansions and new plant start-up costs; possible disruption in commercial activities due to terrorist activity, armed conflict, political instability or major health concerns; ability to obtain financing and capital on commercially reasonable terms; adequacy and availability of insurance; capital resource and cash flow activities; capital spending; equity company activities; interest costs; acquisition and divestiture activities; the level of excess or obsolete inventory; the rate of technology change; the ability to enforce patents; product and components performance issues; changes in key personnel; stock price fluctuations; and adverse litigation or regulatory developments. These and other risk factors are identified in Corning's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the day that they are made, and Corning undertakes no obligation to update them in light of new information or future events..


please specify
please select
Level 4: important for the whole world Change life system. Improvement of technology (now high-technology). Increasing digital gap.

Filters preventing the signal's monitoring

information/communicational filters (media/editorial interests, language, reasoning)
scientific filters (knowledge/technology access)

Comments on selection:

I have chosen Corning company to prove the important evolution of technology is happening in our society. This is a great example of how our lifes will "work" in the future.

Signal's relevance for European Grand Challenges

where? please justify:
particularly relevant Europe world
Ageing and other demographic tensions Digital gap will increase between rich and poor countries.
Crime and terrorism improvement of technology will facilitate to locate terrorists.
Education dynamics New technology always brings changes in education.
Innovation dynamics Wordl will be controlled by technology.

Signal's relevance for thematic research areas

please justify:
particularly relevant
ICT - Information & communication technologies Change in technology. Everything controlled by touchscreen.
Transport (including aeronautics) Glass and optical fiber working system material.
Research infrastructures Improvements in the design methods.

Pan-European strategies influencing the signal

please justify:
particularly relevant
Improving researchers mobility and career development by, for example, realising a single labour market for researchers. more use and manipulation of information.
Developing and funding world-class research infrastructures improvement in designs and new ways.
Strengthening research institutions and universities A step forward in the exchange of information thanks to new technology.
Facilitating and promoting knowledge sharing and transfer Easier to communicate.
Fostering and facilitating coherent international cooperation in science and technology Everyone will be "connected"

Signal's relevance for future R&D and STI policies

Note: RTD = research and technology development; STI = science, technology and innovation
Technology is already developed. The steps to follow are: 1. Investign on it, 2. Introducing it to the market, 3. replacing technology (taking the required time).