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.

Strukhoff: Is It Time for Hadoop Derivatives?

Is there an emerging market for OEM-ed Hadoop? Altoros Founder and CEO Renat Khasanshyn (pitured below) saw initial evidence of this recently, at a meetup he organized in San Ramon, CA.The meetup was ostensibly about Cloud Foundry and Docker, and featured speakers discussing the use of Hadoop with Docker Containers, and "Dockerizing" enterprise IT.

"The nature of questions about multi-tenant deployments these folks were asking brought me to a conclusion: many of them are in the early stages of building stuff not so much for internal use but for sale to external customers," Renat says. Read more about Strukhoff: Is It Time for Hadoop Derivatives?



David Kravets: Internet of Things: There’s now a US congressional committee for that

Source: “Lawmakers are often mocked for their lack of knowledge of technology issues and the tech behind them. Now House members are attempting to tackle the biggest tech cliché of them all: the Internet of Things. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Rep. Susan DelBene (D-WA) announced Tuesday the Congressional Caucus on the Internet of Things. It will be a group of lawmakers studying—you guessed it—the Internet of Things in a bid to help educate members "on the development of innovative technology and public policy in the Internet of Things' space,"


Guy Courtin: NRF15: Retail's future in the Internet of Things

Source: “This week I'm deep in the heart of the Javits Center for the 2015 Retail Big Show, running between meetings and navigating the ever growing maze of companies. Every year I go into these meetings wondering what the "big theme" will be for the show. In the past we have had Big Data, omni-channel retail, store level replenishment, eCommerce to name a few. This year it feels like a continuation of omni-channel and analytics. But the underlying theme I have picked up from the briefings and press releases is the rise of the Internet of Things (IoT) in retail.


Barclay Ballard: Should we fear the Internet of Things?

Source: “The Internet of Things, while still largely unknown amongst the general public, is expected to make a big impact in 2015. Research by Gartner indicates that the number of connected devices will reach 4.9 billion this year, but not everyone is getting excited about this developing technology.
Last week in fact, the chair of the Federal Trade Commission Edith Ramirez issued a pretty strong warning regarding IoT devices and the threat that they pose to privacy. Countering those who put forward potential IoT benefits,


Derrick Harris: Data privacy isn’t dead with the internet of things, just different

Source: “Even as websites, wearable computers and, increasingly, every piece of technology we touch gathers and analyzes our data, there’s still hope that privacy will survive. Making that case, however, might mean working from a different definition of privacy than we’re used to. One cold, hard fact about data privacy is that the data-collection ship sailed long ago, never to return. With limited exceptions, consumers can’t really stop tech companies from collecting data about them. When we log into web services,


Sarah Jacobsson Purewal: Harman shows off multi-room speakers and gesture-controlled headphones at CES

Source: “Harman had a big presence at CES, as it always does considering its portfolio includes AKG, Harman Kardon, Infinity, JBL, and several other well-known brands. Some of the most interesting new products at its booth this year were gesture-controlled headphones, active noise-cancelling earbuds, and an update to its Harman Kardon Wireless HD Audio System.
Harman Kardon Wireless HD Audio System: Harman describes its multi-room audio system as “HD” because


Mitch Wein: IoT — The Internet of Transformation

Source: “There are many technology trends that could impact the insurance business over the next few years, but the most potentially disruptive is the “Internet of Things.”
The Internet of Things is emerging because so many things are becoming IP-enabled, including automobiles, homes and facilities. This will also include humans through wearables like Google Glass, Apple Watch, and embedded processors in shoes and clothing. There could easily be more than 100 billion things, and billions of people, linked to the Internet by the end of this decade.


Alistair Croll: The Internet of Things has four big data problems

Source: “The Internet of Things (IoT) has a data problem. Well, four data problems. Walking the halls of CES in Las Vegas last week, it’s abundantly clear that the IoT is hot. Everyone is claiming to be the world’s smartest something. But that sprawl of devices, lacking context, with fragmented user groups, is a huge challenge for the burgeoning industry. What the IoT needs is data. Big data and the IoT are two sides of the same coin. The IoT collects data from myriad sensors; that data is classified, organized, and used to make automated decisions; and the IoT, in turn, acts on it.


Nick Jaynes: "In the future, it seems, we'll all be passengers."

Source: “If you're driving a five- or six-year old vehicle, you might find the cars in today's showrooms virtually unrecognizable -- at least from a technological standpoint. Today, most every entry-level car offers big, colorful touch screens, voice-controlled navigation, and adaptive cruise control that can speed up and slow the car along with the flow of freeway traffic. That, however, is just the beginning of what cars will soon offer. Now that automakers have mastered smartphone-to-car connectivity, they're eager to leverage the tech inside the smart devices we've come to rely upon.”


Daniel Kivatinos: Rise of the “Internet of Healthy Things”

Source: “People are embracing connected objects that are actively caring for them. As the decades have gone on, we’ve seen everything around us advance technologically at a rapid pace. Looking at Moore’s law, you can see the observation that the number of transistors in a dense integrated circuit doubles approximately every two years. This in turn has allowed faster innovation in technology in every sector, from social networks, search engines and banking, to name a few. Despite all of this innovation, the healthcare sector has been slow to adapt. Read more about Daniel Kivatinos: Rise of the “Internet of Healthy Things”



Freelance workers available at a moment’s notice will reshape the nature of companies and the structure of careers

Source: "HANDY is creating a big business out of small jobs. The company finds its customers self-employed home-helps available in the right place and at the right time. All the householder needs is a credit card and a phone equipped with Handy’s app, and everything from spring cleaning to flat-pack-furniture assembly gets taken care of by “service pros” who earn an average of $18 an hour. The company, which provides its service in 29 of the biggest cities in the United States Read more about Freelance workers available at a moment’s notice will reshape the nature of companies and the structure of careers



Motley Fool Staff: 3 Hot Technologies Fueling The Internet Of Things Revolution

Source: “Unless you've been living off the grid for a decade, you've probably heard of the "Internet of Things" by now. Sites like Barron's have hailed it as "The Next Industrial Revolution." And Wired says we can't even fathom how transformational the Internet of things (IoT) will ultimately be. It's just too early. But if it's hard to extrapolate how far this technology will reach, it's a little easier to see the specific applications that could be revolutionary in just a few years. We asked three Motley Fool contributors


Chris Neiger: The Government Reveals Its 3 Biggest Concerns About The Internet of Things

Source: Technological optimism is buzzing at the Consumer Electronics Show this week. Prototypes of autonomous cars, wearable technology, and Internet of Things innovations are taking center stage. But not everyone is sold on the coming IoT utopia. Federal Trade Commission Chairwoman, Edith Ramirez, laid out three main concerns facing the Internet of Things in her CES keynote:
1. Ubiquitous data collection
2. Unintended data use
3. Security, security, security


Andrew Kunesh: CES 2015: Bonaverde’s RFID-Equipped Coffee Machine Gives You A Super Fresh Cup

Source: “Bonaverde, a coffee start-up out of Berlin, gave me a look at its new coffee machine at CES 2015. This machine roasts, grinds, and brews coffee in one shot, giving you a super fresh cup of coffee every time. To use the machine, take green, un-roasted coffee purchased from Boaverde, place it in the roasting chamber on the top of the device, and scan the included RFID tag. The machine will automatically roast, grind, and brew you coffee using a “rain shower” (drip) brewing method. Read more about Andrew Kunesh: CES 2015: Bonaverde’s RFID-Equipped Coffee Machine Gives You A Super Fresh Cup



Jill Whalen: Police issue warning for digital pickpockets

Source: “Pennsylvania State Police issued a warning about high-tech pickpockets — thieves who steal credit card information without even having to look inside a victim’s wallet.
“I am not aware of any reports of digital pickpocketing in our area. It is, however, something that people definitely should be aware of in order to protect themselves,” said Trooper Shannon Yorke, of the state police’s Community Services Unit at Troop N in West Hazleton.
Although the chance of being scammed by a digital pickpocket is low, police explained


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