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Microsoft Hohm – Coming to a corporate near you?

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From Greentechmedia:How Microsoft Will Make Energy Like the Internet – Forget smart meters. Think Bayesian analysis and social networking for saving power.”

Hohm essentially creates a computerized simulation of your home through data submitted by the consumer-square footage, the number of windows, utility expenses, the year built, etc.-accumulated data and simulations from other users and household simulations in part developed from technology licensed from Lawrence Berkeley Lab. Hohm then tells you how you compare in energy consumption against your neighbors and gives recommendations on how to reduce consumption. New features this week also let you figure out your neighbor’s power consumption, Zillow-like, by popping in their address and other info…

The underlying technology is ultimately Bayesian. Thomas Bayes, the 18th century English clergyman, is the father of search and artificial intelligence because he believed that averages could predict future outcomes. (Read this article on the subject that coincidentally I wrote.) For Hohm to work, Microsoft will take the data from the experiences of its users, make it anonymous to ensure privacy, and then data mine the bejeezus out of it….

Around 8,000 early adopters are trading tips on Twitter and Facebook.


Author: nigelpm

Associate Professor of Information Systems, Stephen M. Ross School of Business, University of Michigan - Helping organizations to navigate digital transformation.

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