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.

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

Thesis: Arne Jansen: growScanner, shareScale and a street that loves sharing

Arne Jansen: It would be ideal if you could borrow what you lack from your neighbours. I love soup, but unfortunately I do not always have all the things or even the knowledge that I need to prepare it. Instead of borrowing a mixer I waited for years until I finally bought one myself. If sharing with neighbours were standard practise this would not be an obstacle. Sharing and other forms of collaboration on a local level such as the neighbourhood, will become more important in a future where ‘The Internet of Things‘ is commonplace.

Martin Pot: Council, hybridLiving and Designplatform Rotterdam organise a one-day conference on IoT vs. the home-environment

On Dec. 9th 2009, the first Council conference took place in Brussels; one of the workshops there was ‘Home-Sense’: the questions and themes on IoT vs. the home-environment. On April 9th, 2010, a smaller meeting took place in Rotterdam on the same subject. Now, 2 years after the initial conference an update is necessary. Technologies have developed; questions concerning implementation, privacy and experience have become more actual, information is accumulating and the focus is increasing.

Council Interview: Trevor Harwood of Postcapes, Tracking the Internet of Things

Postcapes is "passionate about the convergence of the physical world with the digital, and everything that will encompany that shift. The emerging term "Internet of Things" seems to best represent these changes taking place and the term Postscapes itself is inspired from a future of networked landscapes and its possibilities.  Their goal is to serve the need of those interested in learning or taking advantage of IOT technologies with timely news, resources, events, and education.

James Robinson: Eric Schmidt, chairman of Google, condemns British education system

Schmidt criticises division between science and arts and says UK 'should look back to glory days of Victorian era',, Friday 26 August 2011: "The chairman of Google has delivered a devastating critique of the UK's education system and said the country had failed to capitalise on its record of innovation in science and engineering. Delivering the annual MacTaggart lecture in Edinburgh, Eric Schmidt criticised "a drift to the humanities" and attacked the emergence of two educational camps, each of which "denigrate the other.

The PICNIC Open Data Unconference

The PICNIC Open Data Unconference: During last year’s PICNIC Festival, they brought speakers, stakeholders and participants together to discuss the possibilities and implications of open data. Over the course of the year, the topic has flourished worldwide and many open data initiatives were undertaken, especially in the form of competitions and open data portals. These have generated lots of momentum: data was unlocked, Apps and websites were built and new policies were discussed at the local, national and international level.

Adam Greenfield: Urbanscale: Perilous asymmetries: Playing with trust in the “smart city”

Published in Volume 28 Internet of Things: "If the slow colonization of daily experience by informatic systems can sometimes seem like a fait accompli, though, we should be very clear that there are competing visions of its becoming. Ultimately, as it happens, I’m not particularly interested in the clean-slate “smart cities” so many enterprise-scale technology vendors want to saddle us with, but in designing better, more empowering and more widely accessible interfaces to the places most of us already live:

Awareness are providing two student bursaries of 400 Euros each, to enable students to attend BIONETICS 2011

The CFP deadline for the Awareness sponsored Bionetics 2011 has been extended to Midnight 11th September 2011.

Awareness is a Coordination Action (CA), supporting research under the FP7: FET Proactive Intiative: Self-Awareness in Autonomic Systems (Awareness). The CA is a 3 year project: 2010 – 2013. Awareness is a Coordination Action (CA), supporting research under the FP7: FET Proactive Intiative: Self-Awareness in Autonomic Systems (Awareness). The CA is a 3 year project: 2010 – 2013.

Mark Sage: Internet of Things as the new Sorcerer's Apprentice

Mark Sage: "In Disneys Fantasia, Mickey Mouse as the Sorcerer's Apprentice brings to life everyday objects such as brooms and buckets to help him with his tasks of cleaning - what starts as a good idea ultimately ends with terrible results as he fails to be able to control them. Whilst Mickey may have gotten out of his depth, this thinking of everyday objects being brought to life isn't just a fantasy. Obviously not in the literal sense we see in the Sourcers Apprentice (although that would have been great!), but more in the sense that previously in-anmiate objects can now start to record their activities.

Hao Yan ( China has allocated a special fund to support the development of the Internet of Things (IOT) industry.

Hao Yan (, China "has allocated a special fund to support the development of the Internet of Things (IOT) industry. The total fund of 5 billion yuan is expected to support the industry for the coming five years, China Securities Journal reported Tuesday.

Call for Artists' Expressions of Interest: Art & Tech collaborations, Cambridge (early deadline 23rd September 2011)

Call for Artists' Expressions of Interest: Anglia Ruskin University is bringing new collaborative and public art to Cambridge throughout 2011 and 2012. The ‘Visualise’ public art programme is commissioning a range of projects to create exploratory projects, exhibitions, workshops and events across Cambridge.

John Kennedy: Google’s Motorola buy – it’s really about the ‘internet of things’

John Kennedy: .... "My theory then rests with the ‘internet of things’. “Together, we will create amazing user experiences that supercharge the entire Android ecosystem for the benefit of consumers, partners and developers everywhere,” Google CEO Larry Page wrote yesterday.
In his blog, to my mind, the magic words were “home devices and video solutions business”, beyond the obvious smartphone opportunity.

Mireille Hildebrandt: A Vision of Ambient Law

Mireille Hildebrandt: Conclusions:"In his Les technologies de l’intelligence Lévy discusses the relationship between computer engineers and sociologists as one between a blind practice and a lame practice: as long as engineers stick to the technicalities and sociologists move in afterwards to add some social aspects, the problem of the human machine interface will not be resolved.


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