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.

Mike Bedford: The Internet of Things: what it is and the future of connected devices

Source: „It seems likely that the number of servers on the Internet – those large computers that serve up websites – will exceed one billion sometime this year. What’s more, this is dwarfed by the six billion devices – from PCs and laptops to smartphones and tablets – that access this wealth of information. Huge as these figures might be, though, experts are suggesting that both will pale into insignificance by the number of “things” that are increasingly appearing online.


Christopher Rezendes: People Above Machines: Core Values and Three Keys to the Best of the Instrumented Future

Source: „In the future, you will have more cake, and eat it too.
But you will not have more cake, and eat it too, and remain, or become healthy and fit.
The best entrepreneurs in IoT (The Internet of Things) that we know around the world embrace the first statement, and abhor the second. The best IoT startups do the hard work to make 'AND' value propositions realities. But they offer no miracles.
What they do is build machines


Arvid E. Picciani: Grow Beyond the Beacon: Shift Your Business to the Internet of Things

Source:„….Beacons work like lighthouses, broadcasting their position into the air, so navigators can use them as guides. These Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) devices could broadcast other information as well such as battery power or sensor data from the environment. Since BLE devices are usually extremly low power devices running on battery, they are small and independent enough that we can attach them to anything – from plants to fridges, cars, pillows, cats, …
 


Carlos Watson: The rise of the Internet of things

Source: „Here's a phrase you're about to hear a lot more of — if you haven't already: the "Internet of Things." Why? It's about to be the next big thing. What does it mean? It's not just computers and phones that are linked up to the Internet — it's your stuff: refrigerators and glasses and trains and buildings.
 
The buzz about the Internet of things really took off earlier this year, when Google acquired smart thermostat and smoke alarm company Nest for $3.2 billion. What else is a member of this new club?


Jessica Conrad: Our New eBook: Sharing Revolution

Source: "Download a free copy of our new e-book Sharing Revolution: The essential economics of the commons here and please consider supporting our work today.
The recent rise of the commons and the sharing economy seems to suggest a growing recognition of the fact that our health, happiness, and security depend greatly on the planet and people around us.
On the Commons highlights the many ways, new and old, that people connect and collaborate to advance the common good and develop greater economic autonomy


Internet of Things growing rapidly; Standardization, technology main bottlenecks: forum

Source: „China's Internet of Things (IOT) is growing rapidly but technology gap and absence of unified standards continue to present barriers to its development, experts said at a forum in Beijing over the weekend.
The market scale of IOT in China has expanded quickly with an annual growth rate of above 30 percent since 2010, industry experts said Saturday at the New York China Forum, a gathering of experts from China


Evgeny Morozov: The rise of data and the death of politics

Source: „Algorithmic regulation, whatever its immediate benefits, will give us a political regime where technology corporations and government bureaucrats call all the shots. The Polish science fiction writer Stanislaw Lem, in a pointed critique of cybernetics published, as it happens, roughly at the same time as The Automated State, put it best: "Society cannot give up the burden of having to decide about its own fate by sacrificing this freedom for the sake of the cybernetic regulator."
 


Wojciech Borowicz: Why the Internet of Things narrative has to change

Source: „Internet of Things is the current hip phrase of technology evangelists, geeks and all kinds of clairvoyants. If, according to tech blogs and websites, 2013 was the year of big data, then 2014 certainly is the year of Internet of Things.
 
New projects, big funding rounds, the general hype and excitement are everywhere. And yet, we don’t really get the whole thing right. The general media seem more concerned with new smart thermostats design than how the concept


Charles Levy and David Wong : The 5 disruptive business models powered by smart tech

Source: „The most radical effects of technological innovation are nearly always associated with new business models, yet this is often the part of innovation we understand least well.
Our evidence suggests that smart technology creates new value through novel business models that are capable of unleashing meteoric efficiency improvements and allowing for stronger and more meaningful relationships. Business models in the era of smart are characterised by the following five interrelated key features.”


Mohana Ravindranath: Home Depot, Lowes bring the Internet of Things to DIYers

Source: "Home improvement stores, destinations for the do-it-yourself consumer, have long sold the hammers, nails and tools people need to fix up their houses.
Now large chains such as Home Depot and Lowes are selling virtual tools — sensors, Wi-Fi enabled appliances and software — to help those customers monitor and control their homes from their smartphones.
It’s an attempt to tap into the Internet of Things — technologists’ term for a network of connected sensors, devices and objects.


Dave Ragett et al.: Report from the first W3C Workshop on the Web of Things

Report from the first W3C Workshop on the Web of Things to "examine the potential for open standards as a basis for services […] discuss the use of web protocols and scripting languages for implementing services, […] a shared approach to describing services as a basis for interoperability [...] use of HTTP/COAP, Web Sockets, and EXI/JSON for RESTful services."
 
Today, the official workshop report and minutes were published. See also.
 


David Rose: Enchanted Objects: Design, Human Desire, and the Internet of Things

Enchanted Objects: In the tradition of Who Owns the Future? and The Second Machine Age, an MIT Media Lab scientist imagines how everyday objects can intuit our needs and improve our lives.
 
We are now standing at the precipice of the next transformative development: the Internet of Things. Soon, connected technology will be embedded in hundreds of everyday objects we already use: our cars, wallets, watches, umbrellas, even our trash cans.


Piers Fawkes: Reframing the Internet of Things as the Real World Web

Source: „The Real World Web report from PSFK Labs aims to make sense of the ideas and issues connected to the growing of volume of sensitive and responsive technology in our lives. Underwritten by the kind generosity of Intel, our independent research helped me understand the themes and trends that are shaping the topic often described as the Internet of Things.
I resisted naming this report the Future of the Internet of Things – or the Future of Stuff – because I find


Casey Tolan: Modi pushes plan for 100 'smart cities'

Source: „In an ambitious plan to upgrade urban India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi says he will build 100 "smart cities" -- cities outfitted with high-tech communication capabilities -- across the country.
"Cities in the past were built on riverbanks," Modi said in a June speech. "They are now built along highways. But in the future, they will be built based on availability of optical fiber networks and next-generation infrastructure."
For Modi, who took office in May, building new cities is a way to deal with the


Michelle Jones: How The Internet Of Things Impacts Industrials

Source: „Goldman Sachs analysts continue their series about the Internet of Thinks with a look at the impact it will have on the Industrial sector
The Internet of Things is starting to take over all aspects of life. More and more devices and even appliances are connecting to the Internet, not only supposedly making our lives more convenient but also making them inherently more complicated in some ways. In a report dated July 16, 2014, analyst Joe Ritchie and the rest of his team at Goldman Sachs said the Internet of Things is impacting


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