Peter Sondergaard: The Internet of Things will give rise to the algorithm economy

It’s hard to avoid. Almost every CEO’s conversation about how IT is driving innovation inevitably comes back to the potential of big data. But data is inherently dumb. It doesn’t actually do anything unless you know how to use it. And big data is even harder to monetise due to the sheer complexity of it.

Arnaud Bouvier: Beach brain: ‘smart’ bikini tells you when to tan

The Internet of Things – connecting everyday items with sensors – is hitting the beach in time for the northern hemisphere’s summer with a bikini that says when it’s time to apply more sun screen.

The made-to-measure invention comes from France – the country that invented the bikini – but with a price tag that might make even the well-tanned beach amazon blanch: 149 euros ($167).

Bill Bennett: Huawei steps out on super-smart 5G path

The next generation of mobile technology is still at least five years away. But when it arrives New Zealand could be among the first countries to get it. The telecommunications industry still hasn't nailed down a detailed plan for 5G, but Alex Wang, Huawei vice-president of wireless marketing, says his company is determined to play a leading role in its development.

Speaking at Huawei's leafy 2sq km Shenzhen campus, Wang says 4G is now mainstream mobile technology. It works well but there's already a need for something more.

Ben Lee: Smart cities should be people-oriented

Smart city is finding its way into public discourse. Simply put, smart city refers to making good use of advanced information technology architecture to address urban issues and enhance the quality of life in a community.

It may manifest itself in more efficient and responsive public services, a more tech-savvy citizenry and a cleaner environment, among other things.
In his policy address in January, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying unveiled plans to develop a smart city in Kowloon East.

Giulio Coraggio: Internet of Things needs privacy by design

We are working on very interesting Internet of Things projects and the feeling is always that lawyers are involved at the very late stage when the product is already completed and ready to be launched in the very next days.  At that stage a “negotiation” between the legal team and the technical and commercial teams starts on what changes can be implemented without requiring further developments/costs, what risks should be taken, and whenever lawyers raise an issue, the technical and commercial teams have almost a “heart attack“…

Stephen Shankland: ​France tries rejuvenating high-tech manufacturing with Internet of Things center

The Cité de l'Objet Connecté in Angers, France, is designed to help companies commercialize products for the Internet of Things.

California's Silicon Valley enjoys a reputation as the world's center for tech innovation. For manufacturing, it's Shenzhen, China. But if some private investors and the French government get their way, a quiet city in western France will claim some influence in both those domains.

Seb Egerton-Read SEB: Internet of Things and Urban Mining disrupt traditional industry

Mining industries will be disrupted by the transition to a circular economy, a model that aims to cycle technical and biological materials in the economy perpetually, rather than extracting materials and resources from finite raw feedstocks.

The Internet of Things (IoT) provides an opportunity for the mining industry helping to creative more effective and less damaging processes. As an industry, mining is typically manual labour intensive, but that could soon change with several companies identifying the possibilities of big data and IoT connected machinery.

Mary Catherine O'Connor: What Will the Internet of Things Be in 2025?

Jun 12, 2015— Would you implant a chip in your brain in order to quickly and easily access the Internet? Nearly half of the people who attended a future-focused session at the Cisco Live! conference, held this week in San Diego, Calif., said they would. 

Joseph Bradley, Cisco's Internet of Everything (IoE) evangelist and VP of the networking giant's IoE Practice Consulting Services (CCS), had posed the question as a way of talking about how his 2015 resolution was to "embrace his Millennial-ness." In line with that resolution, he indicated that he'd take the implant, too.

Colin Neagle: How to sell the Internet of Things to consumers


Consumers appear to be growing more optimistic about the IoT in the near future. Thirty-one percent said they believe a "fully connected smart home" will be achievable in the next year, while 60% say it's possible within five years, according to the survey.

How the market gets to that point, however, remains to be seen. The survey delved into consumers' preferences and trepidations about the smart home. Based on how consumers responded to the survey, here's what the market should keep in mind when trying to bring consumers on board the Internet of Things

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.


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