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.

Stephan Dörner and Chase Gummer: The Internet of (Hardly Connected) Things

Source: „The “Internet of Things”  which refers to the billions of devices that are expected to be connected to each other and to the Internet, is a catchphrase that’s hard to escape these days.
Even network storage maker Cisco has predicted some 25 billion devices will be connected by 2015, and 50 billion by 2020.
But at the IFA consumer electronics trade show in Berlin this week, what’s equally hard to escape is the fact that, for now at least, the new devices being rolled out are mainly designed to connect with other new devices made by the same company.

Peter McOwan : When fridges attack: the new ethics of the Internet of Things

Source: „Around 1914 the first practical domestic refrigerator was invented. Early in 2014, just one hundred years later, came the first instance of this home help misbehaving online. The fridge, one of numerous modern smart devices containing a computer and internet connection, was hacked and started sending spam emails. 
Smart devices such as the fridge are part of a new technological trend where all kinds of previously unconnected devices can now communicate with themselves and exchange information,

Why APIs are eating the world

Source: „”„Marc Andreessen famously said that software was eating the world. And he's right: as we take advantage of the compute power of the cloud and the distributed sensor network that's the Internet of Things, we're going to see a world that's fundamentally different from the one in which we currently live. It's hard to imagine just what adding a programmable layer to the world will mean, as we make dumb things smart.….
Those APIs don't have to be on servers, or on PCs, or even phones. They can be built into sensors and then exposed to the world at large. There's a Nest smoke alarm on the wall in my home,

Stacey Higginbotham: The internet of things is setting up the ultimate culture clash

Source: „How a company builds a business model, or even products for the internet of things, depends on which side of the cultural divide they are coming from — old-line or the digital economy
There’s a gold rush underway to connect our devices to the web. For many, the devices are the keys to the kingdom — either riches in the form of selling data or from creating a widely used platform for services or applications. Yet what is becoming increasingly clear is that these models reflect a divide between cultures when it comes to the internet of things.

Mark Roberti: Believing in RFID

Source: „I was at a social gathering recently when I ran into an acquaintance whom I've known for almost 20 years. "Still betting big on RFID?" he asked. I said I was. "Your blind faith in this technology is admirable, but did you ever consider the possibility that you might be wrong? I mean, lots of people thought we'd see cold fusion and flying cars by now."
I chuckled. My conviction that radio frequency identification will benefit companies and individuals is not based on blind faith. I'll explain why in a moment, but yes, I have considered the possibility that I might be wrong,

Top 5 Infographics of the Week: Internet of Things

Source: „In 2008, the number of things connected to the internet exceeded the number of people on Earth. By 2050, we are expected to surpass 50 million different devices connected to the internet. And we're not just talking smartphones and tablets - we mean everything. Wearable tech, household appliances, smart homes, public transportation, hospitals and even cattle have all been using sensors to transmit data automatically. It is an exciting yet scary time to be alive. The various interactions between these different entities are opening up doors for more apps, more software and more auxiliary services. Read more about Top 5 Infographics of the Week: Internet of Things

Ayesha Khanna and Parag Khanna: Smart nation, sharing city

Source: „The 'shareconomy' is booming, and Singapore is well-placed to take advantage of it. Framing regulations is a challenge but outlawing this new economy would be a mistake.
The rise of the "shareconomy" is profoundly changing much of the world's daily economic routines. Mediated by the Internet, the sharing of goods, services and labour becomes a spontaneous and efficient transaction amid a growing marketplace of offerings.
A plethora of service firms - such as Uber, Lyft and RelayRides for urban transportation, Airbnb for housing,

John Kennedy: DCU president: Ireland is primed to catch the next industrial revolution

Source: „DCU president: Ireland is primed to catch the next industrial revolutionDCU president: Ireland is primed to catch the next industrial revolutionPictured: president of DCU Professor Brian MacCraith
Ireland is at the intersection of a new industrial future that combines the maker movement, the internet of things and devices like the Quark chip and Galileo board which were designed here, DCU president Brian MacCraith said. Speaking ahead of next weekend’s Hardware Hackathon

Ken Wieland: Samsung CEO hails smart home potential; calls for open standards

Source: „Ken has been part of the MWC Mobile World Daily editorial team for the last three years, and is n... read more Boo-Keun Yoon, president and CEO of Samsung Electronics, used his IFA keynote speech to call on the consumer electronics sector to embrace open industry standards and lay foundations for smart home innovation. Yoon said the home of the future would be tailored to the needs of people living there. There would be no single solution or approach but a “billion” homes of the future.

Eric Hal Schwartz: Airbnb and Google Start Connecting Properties to the Internet of Things

Source: „Airbnb is upping its green cred by partnering with Google's Internet of Things venture Nest to supply high-tech thermostats to some of its hosts. Airbnb likes to give its users all kinds of fun tech-related tools, like helping arrange transportation and making deals with cleaning service apps, but the new offering acts as an extension of its stated interest in environmentally friendly homes by making it possible for hosts to save a lot of energy in their homes. "The Airbnb community is passionate about environmental sustainability Read more about Eric Hal Schwartz: Airbnb and Google Start Connecting Properties to the Internet of Things

Goldman Sachs: IoT primer: The Internet of Things

Source: "Making sense of the next mega-trend
The third wave of the Internet may be the biggest one yet
28 billion reasons to care...
Benchmarking the future: early adopters
The Internet of Things (IoT) is emerging as the third wave in the development of the Internet. The 1990s’ fixed Internet wave connected 1 billion users while the 2000s’ mobile wave connected another 2 billion. The IoT has the potential to connect 10X as many (28 billion) “things” to the Internet by 2020, ranging from bracelets to cars." read the full article

Matt Asay: The Internet Of Things Will Be Huge, And So Will Hadoop

Source: „Big Data challenges all of our assumptions about how data should be stored, processed and analyzed. But that doesn't mean relational databases and other incumbent technologies are slouching toward obsolescence anytime soon.
That's the view of Cloudera co-founder Mike Olson, who recently sat down with Bosch's Dirk Slama to discuss the interplay between the Internet of Things and new data technologies like the distributed-processing framework Hadoop. Slama, who's writing a book on the IoT boom, authors white papers and speaks regularly on the topic. As such, he was the perfect person

The language of the internet of things

Source: „THERE was a time, not long ago, when access to the internet could be gained only through a computer. Now people can get to it using phones, tablets and some games consoles. Increasingly, other devices are becoming internet-linked too, as connectivity is extended to everyday objects such as televisions, radios, watches and cars.
The “internet of things” promises a technological revolution, but for it to work well these things need to speak the same language. Industry, however, tends to adopt common standards—if at all—only after jostling between rival producers with competing systems. It was so for trains, televisions, video recorders, mobile phones and the internet itself.

David Talbot: Networked Home Gadgets Offer Hackers New Opportunities

Source: „Connecting a new appliance to your home’s Wi-Fi network or broadband modem could increase the risk that data such as passwords will be taken from computers in your house. Such is the warning from antivirus company Kaspersky Lab in a forthcoming report on the side effects of more and more home devices being connected to the Internet.
By now most consumers are aware that security is a major problem for their laptops and PCs, says David Jacoby, a security researcher at Kaspersky Lab. 

Shoumen Data: Socio-Economic Disequilibrium Catalyzed by Internet of Things (IoT)

Source: "How will the tapestry of humanity and the ethos of civilization evolve when billions of devices and trillions of sensors with quadrillion end points can connect events in our daily lives to the world around us and monitor our every heart beat or predict the next tsunami?
Do you know the answer to this question: How will the tapestry of humanity and the ethos of civilization evolve when billions of devices and trillions of sensors with quadrillion end points can connect events in our daily lives


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