Thornton May: 5 questions you should be asking about the future

I recently have been sounding ahead-of-the-curve executives about the questions we should be asking about the future. Here are five of particular importance.

Do you understand that it’s the transition, not the trajectory?

As someone who studies the history of the future (that is, how organizations have historically tried to prepare themselves for what comes after what comes next), I have learned that it is critically important to differentiate between technology trajectory stories and technology transition realities. 

Vanessa Friedman: Why I’m Breaking Up With the Apple Watch

I wanted it to work. I wanted to fall in love, like so many of my friends. “It takes a while,” they said. “Don’t expect a coup de foudre. Let it build over time.”

So I did. I knew other people looked at what I had with envy. But a month and a half after we first got together, I have decided it is time to — well, call time.

I am breaking up with my Apple Watch. The relationship was, despite all expectations, not what I needed. All the focus on San Francisco and Apple’s next big innovation this week (streaming!) made me realize it was not playing my tune.

Charlotte Jee: Internet of Things could lead to ‘Maoist style state', warns BCS president

We could be heading for a "Maoist style" future where our devices routinely spy and report on us if we do not set up proper privacy controls now, according to Jos Creese, president of BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT.

Although ubiquitous internet-connected devices can bring huge environmental, public safety and health benefits, without safeguards the threats they could pose to personal freedom are huge, he said at a Local Digital Futures event this week.

Nicole Kobie: Tech firms need to use data ethically around the internet of things

As more connected products come to market, from smart thermostats on our walls to connected wearables on our wrists, how will we pay for it?

Will we sign contracts as we do with mobile phones, getting hardware for “free” and paying for services? Or will we get discounts or free devices by handing over our personal data, as we do with Google and Facebook?

Apple Inc. Co-Founder Steve Wozniak Believes The Internet of Things Bubble Could Burst

Speaking at the World Business Forum in Sydney, Australia, Wozniak said, "I feel it's kind of like a bubble, because there is a pace at which human beings can change the way they do things." He pointed out there were "tons of companies starting up," but that some might have overestimated the appeal of connecting everyday objects to the Internet.

Mahbubul Alam: The Rise Of The Software Defined Car

Automotive technology started with pistons and powertrains, and recently cars have increasingly relied on advanced electronics hardware. We’re now seeing the latest shift in the car’s evolution: the software defined car. Last week, Tesla gave us a great glimpse of what the future of automotive will be like. This is the beginning of a major opportunity as well as a fundamental disruption to existing ways of automobile thinking. Like all disruptive technologies, those who can’t quickly embrace it are destined to fade into obscurity.

Don Dingee: "Well, the IoT is all about software. It's time we make chips just for it." : 5 Things Chipmakers Are Missing on the IoT

When the RISC movement surfaced in 1982, researchers analyzed UNIX to discover what instructions multi-user code was actually using, and then designed an instruction set and execution pipeline to do that better. Fewer instructions meant fewer transistors, which led to less power consumption - although in the original Berkeley RISC disclosure, the word "watts" never appears. Even during the early development of ARM, lower power consumption was completely serendipitous.

Philip N. Howard: Sketching out the Internet of Things trendline

The Internet of Things is hard to track. As I point out in Pax Technica, what makes it hard to estimate the size of the Internet of Things (IoT) is the fact that the addressing system for devices is changing. The Carna Bot found 1.3 billion devices with an IPv4 address in 2012. Engineers expect so many of these connected devices that they have reconfigured the addressing system to allow for 2 to the 128th power addresses–enough for each atom on the face of the earth to have 100 Internet addresses.

Stephen Shankland: ​Sigfox's Internet of Things network heads to Denmark, too

The Airboard is a super-small development device for people wanting to get started with Sigfox networking. It's geared for the hobbyist set who might want just a single device.

The Airboard is a super-small development device for people wanting to get started with Sigfox networking. It's geared for the hobbyist set who might want just a single device.

Sigfox, a French company that's developed a network tailored for electronic sensors and a host of other devices, will see its network arrive in Denmark next year through a partnership announced Tuesday.

Alex Scroxton: Local government blind to internet of things savings

A Vodafone study, conducted by pollsters ComRes, has suggested that local government still remains unaware, by and large, of the opportunity presented by smart city technology, and how it can be used to deliver better and more cost-efficient public services.

The survey, which questioned 1,624 UK adults and 629 councillors, and was carried out between December 2014 and March 2015, revealed that smart in-building energy management systems and street lighting alone could save local councils across the country £402.3m.

Adam Balkin: Tado Device and App Really Know How to Keep Things Cool

Aside from a well placed drip on the back of your neck as you walk under one at the perfectly wrong time, there’s probably very little an in-window air conditioner can do to shock or surprise you.  Link this just released Tado to one though and any AC unit with a remote suddenly knows where you are and reacts accordingly.

Council Interview with David Janes

What got you started with coding?

I was always interested in computers and programming, even before getting my hands on a computer was a physical possibility. When the TRS-80 came out I was the kid hanging out at the Radio Shack occupying the thing as much as they could bear to have me around. After my first summer job - and some cash from my parents - I got an Apple ][+ - and I've been programming ever since.

What got you started with Internet of Things?

Evan Schuman: Will Tesco shoppers freak out at six-foot tall RFID robots?

As Tesco clothing shoppers rifle through the chain's apparel assortment, they'll be sharing the aisles with six-foot-tall RFID robots, rolling up and down scanning clothing tags for inventory. (Personally, I think a Texas approach — where the robots would be equipped with automatic weapons and paid for out of the loss prevention budget — would be more interesting.)

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