Dan Gärdenfors: Toy Story lessons for the Internet of Things

Have you ever thought of the Toy Story films as sci fi? I think they have many interesting themes that could apply to the Internet of Things. When people start bringing more “smart” devices to their homes, they will create a setting for Toy Story behaviours, such as addictive personalities and leadership conflicts.

Digital products send notifications to be noticed. For example, red dots constantly appear on our mobile home screens calling for our attention. We might find it annoying, however it makes perfect sense from each individual app’s perspective. If notifications make us open an app, there’s always the chance that we upgrade to premium or spend money on in-app purchases.