08/12/2010 03:25 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

The Tale of a Smarter Planet

A butterfly flaps its wings in China and sometime later a thunderstorm occurs in Chicago? Not buying the butterfly effect?

We've all heard it in some form, but IBMers are taking the concept and applying to the thousands of systems at work across the globe, showing us how interacted they are.

    When a natural disaster occurs on one part of the planet, it came wreak havoc across the world in days, or hours.

On a smaller scale, think about how gridlock has a ripple effect within single cities: it adds up across the board: traffic congestion in the US costs 78 billion a year, 4.2 lost hours, 2.9 billion gallons of wasted gasoline. Not tom ention the effect that has on our air quality.

Check out this animated video for some cool examples on our planets' systems and building a Smarter Planet.