The Internet of Things (IoT) is a vision. It is being built today. The stakeholders are known, the debate has yet to start. In hundreds of years our real needs have not changed. We want to be loved, feel safe, have fun, be relevant in work and friendship, be able to support our families and somehow play a role - however small - in the larger scheme of things. So what will really happen when things, homes and cities become smart? The result will probably be an tsunami of what at first looks like very small steps, small changes. The purpose of Council is to follow and  forecast what will happen when smart objects surround us in smart homes, offices, streets, and cities.

Chris Taylor: Internet Of Things: The Rubber Meets The Road

IoT can demonstrate meaningful business value today, but there are still significant challenges to meet.
The Internet of Things (IoT) is here. We've moved beyond speculation about what IoT might look like to the place where the rubber meets the road: that is, to where IoT demonstrates real business value.
This evolution raises questions for how to best manage and benefit from the technology as it continues to grow in ways that we may not realize.

Nick Bertell: Moneywatchers: Investing in the Internet of Things

We’re in the middle of one of the greatest transformations in history, much like the Industrial Revolution, except infinitely faster. The mobile internet wave, with over a billion people connected through their smartphones has made a lot of people a lot of money. Almost all of us own a smartphone and think how necessary it is to your life. But then think there was no such thing until Apple invented it seven years ago. Now a lot of smart investors are looking past the smartphone asking what’s next. And the answer for a great percentage of them is the “Internet of Things,” or IoT for short. Read more about Nick Bertell: Moneywatchers: Investing in the Internet of Things

Eric Chabrow: Internet of Things: Legal Issues

Attorney Stephen Wu on Impact of Increasing Computerization: at a time of sweeping and rapid change in cybersecurity,
IT security attorney Stephen Wu says organizations need to be prepared from a compliance, incident response and risk management perspective to address novel situations stretching society's capabilities.
One aspect of the change is the increasing number of devices that connect to the Internet, the so-called Internet of Things, says Wu of the Silicon Valley Law Group.

The Internet of Things: Lack of Consumer Knowledge May Impact Bottom Line

PRINCETON, N.J., April 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- New research by CARAVAN® Omnibus Surveys from ORC International shows that even though the Internet of Things (IoT) is ever present in today's business and technology circles, only half of the American adult population (51%) has heard of the term. Even with tech-savvy Millennials, 1 in 3 do not know the term, and only 8% of American consumers regard themselves as being 'very familiar' with it.
Of those very familiar, there is still difficulty with accurately defining it.

Darren Allan: BlackBerry unveils CHACE, a new Internet of Things security initiative

BlackBerry has announced the launch of a new initiative called the BlackBerry Center for High Assurance Computing Excellence, or CHACE for short, which aims to further bolster security in the Internet of Things age.
The idea of CHACE is to reverse the current fail-then-patch approach to security, BlackBerry notes, with the development of security tools that offer a far better level of security protection than is now available -- a proactive approach to vulnerability prevention which is far more cost effective.

Mireille Hildebrandt: Smart Technologies and the End(s) of Law

This timely book tells the story of the smart technologies that reconstruct our world, by provoking their most salient functionality: the prediction and preemption of our day-to-day activities, preferences, health and credit risks, criminal intent and spending capacity. Mireille Hildebrandt claims that we are in transit between an information society and a data-driven society, which has far reaching consequences for the world we depend on. She highlights how the pervasive employment of machine-learning technologies that inform so-called ‘data-driven agency’ threaten privacy, identity, autonomy, non-discrimination Read more about Mireille Hildebrandt: Smart Technologies and the End(s) of Law

Stacey Higginbotham: BM's block chain booster for the Internet of things surfaces at EY

The man behind IBM’s idea to use technology that underpins Bitcoin for connected devices has a new gig at consulting and auditing firm EY.
Paul Brody, the man who helped drive the effort to create a new architecture at IBM for connecting devices in the so-called Internet of things, has joined accounting and consulting firm Ernst & Young, known as EY, as the Americas strategy leader for the technology sector. Brody is perhaps best known for evangelizing the use of block-chain technology, the distributed database that powers crypto currencies like Bitcoin.

Galen Gruman: The Internet of things doesn't -- and shouldn't -- exist

A highly connected world where devices of all sorts intelligently use sensor data to be more efficient, adjust to changing conditions, prevent or at least flag problems, and optimize performance of themselves, workflows, and even personal health 
-- that is the vision of the Internet of things.
It's a great vision, but despite all the hype in the last year,
it does not --
and may never --

5 Ways The Internet Of Things Will Change Social Media

The Internet of Things will change the what it means to be social. Everyday objects, data, systems and people will be connected to create an intelligent network, creating value for those choose to be a part of it.

Evidence of this shift can be seen first hand in the mobile traffic application,

Waze,  now a part of Google; by linking internet connected smartphones to other connected objects (traffic signals and cameras for example), people, data (real-time traffic information), and systems, the network helps drivers optimise their journeys in real time. Read more about 5 Ways The Internet Of Things Will Change Social Media

Giselle Abramovich : Marketers’ excitement about the Internet of Things (IoT) has begun to build, but the world of connected devices still has a long way to go before consumers fully embrace it.

This week’s installment of “Mind-Blowing Stats” demonstrates the potential of IoT in the next five to 10 years.
1. In 2008, there were already more "things" connected to the Internet than people. By 2020, the amount of Internet-connected things will reach 50 billion, with $19 trillion in profits and cost savings coming from IoT over the next decade.

Martin Pot: Smart or Feel in Meet IoT Newsletter

“There are many realities. There is no single world. There are many worlds, and they all run parallel to one another, worlds and anti-worlds, worlds and shadow-worlds, and each world is dreamed or imagined or written by someone in another world.“ 
Paul Auster, Man in the Dark
While my first article here originated from several more theoretically oriented issues concerning the iot and the built environment, it should be obvious that theory only will not provide the solutions needed to really achieve understanding, let alone real practical progress.

Frans Verstreken: How can ‘Normalized Systems’ help to establish a sustainable business case for your endeavors in the IoT?

To go from connected products to interconnected services, the IoT will have to accommodate change. It is well known that, conditions of unprecedented change, complexity and integration are very challenging for building software systems, that will be at the core of IoT. This will influence any software based business case. Prof. Herwig Mannaert  and Prof. Jan Verelst have established the Normalized Systems theory (NS). They have built, according to that theory, live software applications that exhibit evolvable modularity.

Tim Sparapani: The Four Internets Of Things

Much is being written in breathless tones about the Internet of Things and the effects it will have on me, you, us, and the planet. Some cheer “Cures for cancer!” and “Commutes without traffic jams!” Others bemoan “Total loss of privacy!” and “All knowing companies that will outsmart me and charge me more money!” Despite uncertainty, one thing is clear; the Internet of Things will be no small thing. Witness, for example, IBM’s recent announcement that they alone will invest $3 billion in establishing markets and services for the Internet of Things expansion. How big? Well, at least four different markets big and we should analyze and consider them independently.

Przemysław Gamdzyk: M2M Summit, the largest M2M and IoT conference in Poland, is inviting once again

M2M Summit, the largest M2M and IoT conference in Poland, is inviting once again – on 30th of September 2015, Centrum Nauki Kopernik, Warsaw, Poland. Last year we have had more than 250 participants – both from business and the public sector.  This is an event devoted solely to the Polish market – the largest single economy within CEE. In 2013 predictions were that the Polish M2M market was to grow 24 percent a year. The Polish M2M market is worth USD 190 million (PLN 600 million), estimates IDC.

Gordon G. Chang: China's 'Internet Plus' Strategy, A Net Minus

“The government needs to deepen reform to help these startup companies survive and thrive,” said Li Keqiang on Wednesday at an executive meeting of the State Council. The premier was speaking in the context of his much-discussed “Internet Plus” plan, unveiled on March 5 in his Government Work Report.
Li gets high marks for recognizing that China needs new businesses, but his solution—active intervention to bring about the new economy—is misguided. He could, by drawing upon ancient Chinese philosophy, accomplish more by doing less.


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