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.

In Situated Technologies Pamphlets 8, Christian Nold and Rob van Kranenburg articulate the foundations of a future manifesto for an Internet of Things in the public interest.

In Situated Technologies Pamphlets 8, Christian Nold and Rob van Kranenburg articulate the foundations of a future manifesto for an Internet of Things in the public interest. Nold and Kranenburg propose tangible design interventions that challenge an internet dominated by commercial tools and systems,



Katia Moskvitch: Sewer challenges, Pachube and Internet of Things

BBC Internet of things blurs the line between bits and atoms: "One of the best-known firms making software for the internet of things is called Pachube. It works directly with hardware developers to connect physical objects and the internet in the most unusual and innovative ways. Mr Percifield wants to alert people when the sewer is overflowing so that they can save water.



Urban Immune System Research /Making Future Design 10 June 2011 | QUAD | Derby

Institute for Boundary Interactions:  Join the Institute for Boundary Interactions at the second in a series of forum  events as part of the Making Future Work digital research programme. The event focuses around the development, challenges and opportunities of future design and the data sphere.  We are going to be presenting work in progress from our research project; Urban Immune System Research, a critical design project investigating parallel futures in the emergence of the smart-city..."If one were to imagine the city or urban spaces as living super organisms what would help or hinder it to survive?



CFP: 1St Awareness Workshop on Challenges in Achieving Self-Awareness in Autonomous Systems (deadline July 4 2011)

This workshop aims to bring together researchers from a range of disciplines to articulate the main challenges and propose methods of addressing them. The workshop solicits both conceptual papers which outline challenges and suggest novel approaches to addressing them, and technical papers  describing results or methodologies.  As technology continues to rapidly advance, the management of systems  becomes increasingly more difficult:systems are likely to be composed of heterogeneous devices,



An innovative sensor network to improve the quality of life of European patients

Euroalert: " A EU-funded research studies to bring the Internet and everyday objects together. In this way, the IOT-A project is developing an architecture reference model that will enable all objects to connect to the Internet. Whatever the technology, everything will be connected, making interoperability issues a thing of the past.



Bruno Berthon: Smart cities: can they work?

Bruno Berthon for the Guardian Professional Network: "Amsterdam is lauded as the most energy-efficient city in Europe but emissions are rising. What lessons can be learnt? Much of the cities talk is about smart technologies: smart grids, smart buildings, water systems and intelligent transport. But it's clear that they cannot be seen in isolation. All too often, fragmented projects – often of a prestige kind – have resulted in unsustainable and costly ventures. Central to the success of intelligent cities is an open platform that unites all government departments, services and technologies....



Reinforcing privacy in smart surveillance: A new EU-funded project will develop an early warning system

Sapient. Michael Friedewald: "Smart surveillance technologies have been promoted as an important technological means to address security issues, but they also harbour significant risks to our privacy and other fundamental rights. How to deal with these risks is the subject of a new three-year project funded by the European Commission, called SAPIENT which stands for "Supporting fundament Al rights, PrIvacy and Ethics in surveillaNce Technologies".



Alessandro Bassi, IOT-A Project: Between Big Brother, Matrix and Wall Street: The Challenges of a Sustainable Roadmap for the Internet of Things

Alessandro Bassi, IOT-A Project: "While there’s no single definition of IoT, we can assume that every object that is identifiable, is able to sense the environment around it, and is able to modify the environment, belongs to the IoT.



"A Myriad of Vibrant Phenoema: The hidden worlds of audiovisual art-science"
Lecture by Marco Mancuso for Digicult

From Subtle Technologies Festival: "Between 1899 and 1904 the german philosopher and biologist Ernst Haeckel published a book of lithographic and autotype prints entitled Kunstformen der Natur (Art Forms of Nature), one of his best known works and a symbol of his zoological research and philosophy, centered on the observation of marine micro-organisms as well of various natural species and animals. The complete volume, consisting of over 100 lithographs, each accompanied by a short descriptive text, obtained a great success even among the non-specialist public and among some Art Nouveau artists, committed to find new models to be used in the nascent industrial design and in architecture.



New book: Architecting the Internet of Things

Architecting the Internet of Things (Uckelmann, Dieter; Harrison, Mark; Michahelles, Florian (Eds.): "Many of the initial developments towards the Internet of Things have focused on the combination of Auto-ID and networked infrastructures in business-to-business logistics and product lifecycle applications. However, the Internet of Things is more than a business tool for managing business processes more efficiently and more effectively – it will also enable a more convenient way of life. Since the term "Internet of Things" first came to attention when the Auto-ID Center launched their initial vision for the EPC network for automatically identifying and tracing the flow of goods within supply-chains, increasing numbers of researchers and practitioners have further developed this vision.



IoT: the new iteration where activists, industry and policy can work together without compromising on their real talents.

Rob van Kranenburg (chapter 5 in the Clusterbook 2012):  In the Council vision of a successful development of IoT there are regional “islands” connected through generic layers on mission critical services that directly address Climate Change, Peak oil and the deep social changes we are witnessing from individuals being able to organise quickly for better: More social cohesion, balance and justice, or for worse:



Internet of Things - Global Technological and Societal Trends Smart Environments and Spaces to Green ICT

The book aim is to define the Internet of Things (IoT) in a global view, present the research agenda for Internet of Things technologies by addressing the new technological developments and providing a global balanced coverage of the challenges and the technical and industrial trends. Energy consumption by the data, communication and networking devices and global CO2 emission is increasing exponentially. ICT has a dual role in this process: it accounts for about two percent of global CO2 emissions and at the same the ICT including IoT technologies and applications have a direct effect on lowering CO2 emissions, increasing energy efficiency, reducing power consumption, and achieving efficient waste recycling.



Creative Industries KTN is organising a workshop on 28 June 2011, London to discuss Internt of Things

Beacons for Innovation: "The Technology Strategy Board has announced a £5m initiative aimed at accelerating the development of the ’Internet of Things’ ecosystem of applications and services and is inviting British businesses and other stakeholders to help shape the programme. Beginning with a series of workshops and the launch of a 'Special Interest Group' in the Summer, which will be followed by investments in feasibility studies, research & development projects and pilots, the objective of the initiative is to help the UK gain an early advantage  in Internet of Things adoption, applications and services development.



Adam Blum: NFC on modern smartphones will finally usher in the age of the “Internet of Things”.

The Evolution of NFC: "As many of you know by now, we at Rhomobile are very excited about Near Field Communications. We see NFC as the single most important innovation in mobility since the creation of the modern smartphone as exemplified by the first iPhone. NFC on modern smartphones will finally usher in the age of the “Internet of Things”. Now that NFC devices are arriving, we see NFC usage exploding in four major phases:

  • Device to Device Communication: The initial phase of NFC usage will be sharing information between devices, being enabled of course by the coming explosion of NFC smartphones in the rest of 2011. Examples of this include Hashable for contact sharing and DoubleTwist for MP3-sharing.{C}


Laura Hopperton: Professor Ian Hargreaves announced that the current UK IP system is out of date and unable to support new forms of business.

from Eureka: "The much anticipated Hargreaves Review, instigated by Prime Minister David Cameron last November, has urged the government to overhaul the current IP system in the UK to ensure that new forms of digital business can thrive without falling foul of copyright law. Author of the report Professor Ian Hargreaves announced that the current UK IP system is out of date and unable to support new forms of business.



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