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.

Larry Dignan: AT&T eyes healthcare, autos in Internet of things race

Larry Dignan: AT&T eyes healthcare, autos in Internet of things race: "AT&T sees “near endless” growth for connecting a bevy of everyday devices ranging from prescription drug caps to health monitoring systems to your car and home. Glenn Lurie, president of emerging devices, resales and partnerships at AT&T, on Wednesday outlined a startup within the wireless giant designed to connect multiple ordinary devices.

Martin Pot: HOME SENSE or ‘Dwelling and the Internet of Things’

On December 9, 2009, the first Council-conference was held in Brussels. A wide variety of researchers, artists, IT-professionals, architects etc. gathered to discuss questions and answers concerning the Internet of Things. Part of this debate was focused on sub-themes, one of those was ‘Home-Sense’: what are the consequences, implications, questions for our home-environment in relation to the IoT?  On April 9th, the world-wide IoT-day, this discussion was continued in Rotterdam on a smaller scale:

CFP: Interdisciplinary Workshop on Location Awareness and Smart Environments (LAMDa'12)

Submission Deadline: December 31, 2011

The LAMDa workshop aims at discussing the impact of Dual Reality and Mixed Reality on Location Awareness and other applications in Smart Environments as well as their impact on human sociability in general.

Read more about CFP: Interdisciplinary Workshop on Location Awareness and Smart Environments (LAMDa'12)

Hayley Tsukayama: Google X and the 'Internet of Things'

Hayley Tsukayama: Google X and the 'Internet of Things': "There’s an idea that’s been gathering steam in the tech world for years now, a concept called the Internet of Things. More than just a catchy and vague description, the Internet of Things is the kind of “Jetsons”-esque future that we’ve been dreaming of since the dawn of the technological age: pantries that keep their own inventories, light bulbs that alert you when they’re nearing the end of their life and homes that know what’s in their own junk drawers.

Lamont Wood: Today, the Internet -- tomorrow, the Internet of Things?

Today, the Internet -- tomorrow, the Internet of Things?, TechWorld, Lamont Wood: "If the Internet of Things (IOT) continues its current rate of progress, three works of fiction frequently cited by the sources for this story might prove to be prophetic: Minority Report, the 2002 movie starring Tom Cruise in which the main character is (amidst chase scenes) greeted with personalized messages from automated displays as he enters retail establishments.

Glyn Moody: Why The Internet of Things Will Be Open

Glyn Moody: Why The Internet of Things Will Be Open: "One of the games that journalists, analysts and pundits in general like to play is predicting The Next Big Thing. I've been doing this so long - over 20 years - that I have the dubious distinction of failing to predict the Internet as a mass medium (but then Bill Gates did as well, so I don't feel too bad about it.) Given that track record, I try to be a little more cautious these days, but one development that seems likely to be big is the Internet of things. In a sense, that's a certainty: it is based on the idea that billions of objects will be networked together, and so it is defined by a scale beyond the current Internet.

Liesbeth Huybrechts: Creative guidelines for an IOT: Negotiating between a proactive and reactive approach.

 The Internet of Things (IOT) may be imagined as an extension of the internet as we already know it. In this vision it extends the concept of the internet with new actors, new 'things': cats, shirts or personal data. In an IOT things become zones of negotiation between many people on- and offline.

The role of Internet of Things in China's 12th Five Year Plan

Joanne Chien, DIGITIMES Research, Taipei: "China's current wave of enthusiasm for the Internet of Things (IoT) had already begun by the time IoT was incorporated into the 12th Five Year Plan in June 2010. Immediately afterward, the central government and local governments across the country began working on a range of standards, industry chains and applications with the goal of creating an industry worth more than CNY500 billion over the coming decade.

Kurzweil: IBM open-sources ‘Internet of Things’ protocol

IBM announced it is joining with Italy-based hardware architecture firm Eurotech in donating a complete draft protocol for asynchronous inter-device communication to the Eclipse Foundation, ReadWriteWeb reports. A projected 24 billion simultaneous devices — sending billions of messages per hour —  including RFID tags on shipping crates, heart rate monitors, GPS devices, smartphone firmware, automobile maintenance systems, and even earrings may become more socially active than any teenager presently alive by the year 2020.

Sarah Spiekermann: 1-day expert symposium on Privacy Impact Assessements (PIAs)

Sarah Spiekermann: On Friday, November 25h 2011, the German Federal Institute for Information Security (BSI) is inviting to a 1-day expert symposium on Privacy Impact Assessements (PIAs).The event is organized in co-operation with Vienna University of Economics and Business (Prof. Spiekermann) and takes place in the Austrian Embassy in Berlin. Please find included the Agenda, including Peter Hustinx, Peter Schaar, Gerald Santucci, Udo Helmbrecht.

Rik Myslewski: Printable transistors usher in 'internet of things'. Billions of systems, printed dirt cheap

Rik Myslewski: "Updated Thinfilm, a Norwegian developer of printable memory, has co-announced with California's PARC a development that takes a big step towards the day when every manufactured object will report in to the internet. Yes, the "internet of things" – the buzzword of the decade.

Council Interview with Sally Applin

Sally A. Applin is a Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Kent at Canterbury, UK, in the Centre for Social Anthropology and Computing (CSAC), where she is researching the impact of technology on culture, and the consequent inverse:  specifically the reifications of Virtual Space in Personal Space. At Kent, Sally is developing the framework and descriptive theory of PolySocial Reality (PoSR) with Dr. Michael D. Fischer. PoSR describes the condition of synchronous and asynchronous, multiplexed, individuated data creations and their cultural impact.

"IoT sans frontieres" - "The Internet of Things without borders"

"IoT sans frontieres" - "The Internet of Things without borders" is the motto of the IoT International Forum, recently launched by The Internet of Things Initiative (IoT-i) in conjunction with CASAGRAS2, the China Academy of Telecommunication Research (CATR) and Wuxi SensingNet, and with the support of the European Commission.

Pier Luigi Capucci: The Internet of Things from the user’s perspective

Pier Luigi Capucci: The Internet of Things from the user’s perspective: "We were asked to consider the Internet of Things (IoT) from the user’s viewpoint. Well, my viewpoint is exactly this, since I’m neither a company director nor a software coder or a hardware creator. From an user’s viewpoint I think we are undergoing a big transformation.

Gerald Santucci: The many opportunities and challenges of the Internet of Things

Gérald Santucci, DG INFSO, Head of unit: Networked Enterprise and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID): "The number of devices connected to and by the Internet is expected to range between 16 and 50 billion in 2020, depending on the definition of ‘device’ that is retained. Fleet and freight management, security/surveillance, transport and mobility, vending/payment terminals, smart metering and grids, industrial processes, etc.


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