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.

Helen Le Voi: how do you design user centred experiences that work for the Internet of Things

Council: Could you explain briefly what Smarcos is?

Helen Le Voi: Smarcos is a three-year, €14m Artemis funded research project involving 17 partners across seven countries in Europe. The project partners are drawn from various backgrounds including major corporations, research bodies and SMEs such as Indra, Nokia, Philips and Fjord.

Council Interview with Cecile Crutzen on Ambient Intelligence and Internet of Things

Dr. Dipl.-Math. Cecile K. M. Crutzen, is Associate Professor  School of Informatics, Open Universiteit Nederland and Domain coordinator of "People, Computer, Society": " The Internet of things will change in the future our environment. In the same way as cars have changed our infrastructure, the government should take more and more the role of a pioneer to establish "traffic rules and laws " for the internet of things. At the moment governments are incident driven.

The Era of Objects (Blowup Reader 3)

'The Era of Objects' is the third in a series of Blowup readers. It collects several essays exploring the future of objects, beyond the clichéd fantasy of the flying car. The scope of this reader is purposefully broad. The things that we use and how they are networked and attuned to us and our surroundings is a huge subject. The writers who have contributed to this e-Book approach the Internet of Things, design fiction, product design, speculative design

14th IFAC Symposium on Information Control Problems in Manufacturing, Bucharest, Romania - May 23-25, 2012

This session considers the opportunity provided by the conjunction of several realities. The concept of “intelligent” products is now widespread. This concept's rapid development is mainly due to the fact that, over the last decade, the increasing growth of embedded technologies (e.g., RFID, smart cards, wireless communication),

A Discussion Paper on IoT for the research institute for Internet & society in Berlin

The Institute: The Internet and related technologies significantly transform our society, which implies enormous potential as well as indisputable challenges. Following the announcement by Eric Schmidt on February 16th, 2011, the research institute for Internet & society in Berlin is currently being bootstrapped

Very short notice: October 6 event: The first Internet of Things NYC Meetup

The first Internet of Things NYC Meetup. Join fellow Internet of Things enthusiasts from the NYC community for talks from industry luminaries, pitches from product developers, and some great food and drink. Come with ideas and questions!   Talks will be given by:

  • - Usman Haque, Founder of Pachube
  • - Leif Percifield, Developer of

Designing for the Internet of Things: "building products/services that are not screen-dependent"

Designing for the Internet of Things: "Increasingly, Digital Media is being experienced through objects and interfaces that are not necessarily bound by the screen. The next generation of content products and services will have distributed and diverse modes of interaction where websites and mobile content will be only one aspect of the user's experience.

Emerging topics from Open World Forum on Internet of Things

Natacha Roussel from Council hosted the two IoT sessions in Paris at OWF. Emerging topics are: 

Security issues; keep our data as close to us as possible.

Systemic questions: how to create meaningfull networks of people able to  understand and underpin the functionning system as well as it's symbolic value.

Read more about Emerging topics from Open World Forum on Internet of Things

Mike Kuniavsky: Pieces of Internet of Things puzzle coming together

Mathew Ingram: "It may be difficult to describe what exactly the phrase “an internet of things” means, but the pieces of the puzzle that are required for that to develop are all here today, ThingM CEO Mike Kuniavsky told attendees at GigaOM’s Mobilize conference in San Francisco. Those puzzle pieces include ubiquitous network connectivity, cloud-based services, cheap assembly of electronics, social design, open collaboration tools and low-volume sales channels. Read more about Mike Kuniavsky: Pieces of Internet of Things puzzle coming together

Internet Governance Forum Workshop: The Governance Dimension of the Internet of Things

IGF Nairobi: "While there is still a discussion, what the concept of the” Internet of Things” means in practice, the real process of connecting objects equipped with RFID chips to the Internet via an IPv6 address continues to move forward. The market is growing and so growths the debate about the governance implications of the “Internet of Things”.

Gérald Santucci: Ethics by design

Katia Moskvitch:  Internet of things: Should you worry if your jeans go smart?: "...As more objects leak into the digital world, the fine line that separates the benefits of increasingly smart technology and possible privacy concerns becomes really blurred."The IoT challenge is likely to grow both in scale and complexity as seven billion humans are expected to coexist with 70 billion machines and perhaps 70,000 billion 'smart things', with numbers infiltrating the last redoubts of personal life," says Gerald Santucci, head of the networked enterprise and RFID unit at the European Commission.

Russell M Davies: The "internet of things" is viewed as the next big thing

Russell M Davies: Viewpoint: The internet of things and yet another revolution: "The "internet of things" is viewed as the next big thing, but when will it allow people to create their own stuff, asks Russell M Davies.... The internet of things is a phrase you are going to hear a lot over the next few years, and the clue is in the name as to what it is. It is about connecting objects rather than people.

Chrystia Freeland: The Advent of a Global Intelligence

The Advent of a Global Intelligence, By CHRYSTIA FREELAND | REUTERS. YALTA, UKRAINE: "Get ready for the global brain. That was the grand finale of a presentation on the next generation of the Internet I heard last week from Yuri Milner. G-8 leaders had a preview of Mr. Milner’s predictions a few months earlier, when he was among the technology savants invited to brief the world’s most powerful politicians in Deauville, France. Mr. Milner is the technology guru most of us have never heard of.

Council Interview with Laurent Sustek: Understanding Smart Meters to Design Intelligent, Secure Systems

Laurent Sustek, Smart Metering Marketing Manager, published Understanding Smart Meters to Design Intelligent, Secure Systems at INSIDE Secure. He says: "Today, there are close to two billion electricity meters installed worldwide, but less than 10% of them are considered "smart" meters with two-way communications.  This will change over the next few years as next-generation meters are developed and installed.

Panagiotis Tsarchopoulos: Special Issue on Creative Cities in latest issue of Ericsson Business Review magazine

Panagiotis Tsarchopoulos, URBAN AND REGIONAL INNOVATION Research Unit (URENIO):"The latest issue of Ericsson Business Review magazine, in a Theme entitled “Creative Cities”, examines some of the processes needed for a Networked Society to become more intelligent than a traditional one. Theme in short:

  • Cities will have a significant impact on a growing share of the world’s population


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