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30 minutes in 2020—People and Planet

“People, Profit, Planet and Petadata.” These were the intriguing words with which HP Senior Fellow, Chandrakant Patel ended his track keynote session at HP Discover in Frankfurt. He made this comment in the final moments of his session on where HP Labs is headed in 2020. I began to think about how those four words tied back to the content he shared. In this two-part series, I will first discuss how Patel addressed People and Planet and then follow up with a discussion on how he addressed Profit and Petadata in his session 30 minutes in 2020 – A glimpse into the future at HP Labs.




Patel characterized the revolution of science and technology across the centuries as follows:

  • 19th Century—Steam Engine
  • 20th Century—Internet
  • 21st Century—Steam Engine on the Internet

But how prevalent is the Internet? Patel says 70 percent of the world is yet to be on the Internet. India alone has a billion people with half a billion cell phones. But the number of Internet connections is only 100 million! At the end of the day, the innovation at HP Labs has to improve the quality of life for people by providing them direct access to information.


Patel also referenced how access to the pertinent human capital is a key concern. With the continued emergence of technology, it is difficult to keep track of the human capital—who knows what, when and how to reach them? HP Labs demonstrated an innovative solution to gather information by mining and crawling the human capital in the social database. If you are an engineering company, for example, you don't want to have siloed pools of mechanical engineers, electrical engineers etc. You need to have an ecosystem where a mechanical engineer can access an electrical engineer when they need them, based on the body of information built around human capital.


Patel, himself a mechanical engineer, has a network of thermal management engineers called The Cool Team. (Love the name!) The Cool Team is a network he can access to seek out likeminded individuals.




Patel describes how HP Labs is enabling data centers with net-zero energy use. These data centers are designed with the least material, and least energy, located at a source where power is generated by solar and wind sources. For example, a supply-side power grid and cooling grid that uses air. This is a new vision, using only local resources, that serve the deluge of data at a system level.

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Patel also walked us through the innovative solutions that came out of HP Labs in the past five decades starting with Light Emitting Diodes in 1966, the Cedium-beam Atomic Clock in ‘67, Programmable desktop calculator in ‘68, pocket scientific calculator in ‘72, standard for interface bus in ‘75, office laser printer in ‘80, digital data storage drive in ‘89, 64-bit architecture in ‘94, molecular logic gate in ‘99, Utility Data Center in 2001, Rewritable DVD for standard players in 2002, Smart Data Center in 2003, ePrint in 2010; MagCloud, 3D Photon Engine, StoreOnce in 2011.


And of course, Project Moonshot in 2012.


Be on the lookout for Part Two of this post!


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martina_trucco | ‎12-12-2012 09:45 PM

Great post, Nadhan! Thanks for covering Chandrakant's presentation, and we're so glad that HP Labs' message resonated with you! You can read more about the innovations that HP Labs showcase at HP Discover Frankfurt at our blog:

Nadhan | ‎12-12-2012 09:54 PM

Thank you, Martina.  Did you check out Part Two of my post - 30 minutes in 2020 - Petadata and Profit?? Also, here is another post on innovations from HP Labs that improve patient care – one day at a time.   I always enjoy Chandrakant's presentations as well as his doodles!


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marcela Larenas | ‎04-16-2013 07:05 PM

Hello Martina

My name is Marcela Larenas, Studies Manager at RedCLARA, and I am contacting you because I would like to talk to the person in charge of the HP Lab programme in order to explore possibilities for collaboration between your company and our partner Latin American universities that are part of RedCLARA. (


At the moment, there are two aspects which we think can be of interest for you. Firstly, we are organising the Third Latin American Conference of Directors of Information and Communication Technologies in the university sector, which will be held in Cartagena de Indias on July 8th and 9th, 2013. Secondly, we want to use the opportunity to review and talk about your company’s programmes for collaboration with universities in research and innovation, in order to establish areas for synergy.


The reason why I am contacting you is because we are an organisation which caters for the needs of all the Universities in the region, and in the company’s offices in the different countries we cannot be given help from a regional perspective.


If you are interested in any of the topics presented, please contact me via email ( I’m looking forward to hearing your comments.


I look forward to receiving your reply.


Best regards,


martina_trucco | ‎04-16-2013 09:00 PM

Hello Marcela,

Thank you for your comment. I am familiar with RedCLARA, and in fact had worked with your organization many years ago. I'll send you an email to follow-up further.

Thanks for reading, and for your interest in HP Labs!



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