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.

Chris Neiger: Even Congress Is Worried About Internet of Things Security

Source: “There is a discussion around the Internet of Things that started years ago as a muted murmur and is now growing into a loud uproar. At the core of it is the fact that in just five years, 50 billion devices and things that were never connected to the Internet will be. And all of those devices need some level of security. While the Internet of Things, or IoT, is mostly unknown to the majority of Americans, the U.S. government is quite focused on it. Last month, Federal Trade Commission Chairwoman Edith Ramirez said in her Consumer Electronics Show keynote


Alex Drozhzhin: Internet of Crappy Things

Source: “Lately, there has been a lot of talk about the Internet of Things (IoT) among IT professionals. It means that all things should be connected: refrigerators, coffee machines, TVs, microwaves, fitness bands, and drones. But this is just the tip of the iceberg.
It just so happens that due to some peculiarities of the online community, solely consumer electronics enjoy media coverage when it comes to the IoT. In reality, the IoT is not just about home electronics.
There is a flood of appliances which could be connected – and some are connected – without a second thought as to whether or not it’s necessary.


Martin Brinkmann: The future of technology and entertainment is frightening

Source: "Spy agencies and governments that grab, steal, hack, manipulate and collect massive amounts of data, bloatware and adware on PCs, massive invasion of privacy on the Internet, TVs and Internet of Things devices that phone home and transfer what you say or do, free to play apps designed for profit and not for the people who play them, the list goes on and on. I sometimes think that this world has taken a wrong turn in the past decade or so with all the unpleasant things that are going on right now in the technology sector alone.


Steve Johnson: Legal patchwork rules Internet of Things and its users

Source: “The breakneck pace of this technology has far outpaced the legal system's ability to keep up with it, many experts contend. Because of legal loopholes, consumers often lack any right to control how long their data is kept, who it is shared with and what is collected about them, including such personal information as their finances, mental health, political leanings and sexual orientation. And while ideas differ on what should be done about that, there is widespread agreement that it will be crucial to make sure the intimate details these devices


From things of past to internet of things

Source: “After decades of low-margin work like server maintenance, the country’s information technology (IT) services firms are moving upscale in search of lucrative contracts for driverless cars and other advanced projects as online innovation changes clients’ needs. Companies from Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) to Wipro are all joining Infosys for investing in new, high-end technology, industry watchers say. Earlier this week, Infosys bought US automation specialist Panaya Inc for $200 million. Triggering change is a wave of invention allowing machines to talk to each other online, dubbed the ‘internet of things’.


Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols: Canonical partners with Amazon, Microsoft, and others on Internet of Things

Source: “”Maybe Microsoft does love Linux! Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu Linux, announced this week that both Microsoft and Amazon have agreed to publish their Internet of Things (IoT) application programming interfaces (APIs) on Ubuntu Core.
Canonical wants Ubuntu Core to become the operating system for the IoT. Ubuntu Core, like CoreOS and Red Hat's Project Atomic, uses a lightweight Linux server to support containers.


Stephanie Neil: A Communication Gap in the Internet of Things

Source: “As new groups touting next-generation manufacturing sprout up around the world, the automation industry scrambles to create common communication standards to enable interoperability between plant floor systems and the Internet of Things. In an effort to become one of the most responsible food companies on the planet, General Mills has embarked upon a massive global mission to make more nutritious products, reduce the company’s environmental footprint, and increase the safety and sustainability of key ingredients.”


Stephen Balkam: What will happen when the internet of things becomes artificially intelligent?

Source: “All three have warned of the potential dangers that artificial intelligence or AI can bring. The world’s foremost physicist, Hawking said that the full development of artificial intelligence (AI) could “spell the end of the human race”. Musk, the tech entrepreneur who brought us PayPal, Tesla and SpaceX described artificial intelligence as our “biggest existential threat” and said that playing around with AI was like “summoning the demon”.


Shu Lea Cheang: infoDETOX - Summer2015 residency at Station Messschiff Eleonore, Linz, Austria.

Source: "Convert yourself into E-waste, compost yourself, consult earth worms for empowering, chase honeybees for weather report, send your mobile on a slow boat to China, set your electric sheep free range, tune in to ghostradio, locate yourself with smell of home cooking, eat your data raw, bake your own cookie, make your own bed, hand over your hangover, take a dip in the Danube, check into the underwater eel hotel, submit a proposal for Stadtwerkstatt infoDETOX Read more about Shu Lea Cheang: infoDETOX - Summer2015 residency at Station Messschiff Eleonore, Linz, Austria.



Magali Mathieu: The Next Generation of Supply Chain Innovation - new report

Source: "Supply chain is in a state of flux as technology and economic challenges are changing the ways goods are produced and transported across the globe. While researching the Chief Supply Chain Officer Forum (June 16-18 in Chicago) EFT put together the CSCO Strategy Report. The report was created from the responses of global supply chain executives and provides a snapshot of how companies are managing their supply chain costs, plus working towards capitalizing on technology such as big data, IOT and eCommerce platforms."


Cory Doctorow: An Internet of Things that do what they’re told

Source: ”The digital world has been colonized by a dangerous idea: that we can and should solve problems by preventing computer owners from deciding how their computers should behave. I’m not talking about a computer that’s designed to say, “Are you sure?” when you do something unexpected — not even one that asks, “Are you really, really sure?” when you click “OK.”
I’m talking about a computer designed to say, “I CAN’T LET YOU DO THAT DAVE” when you tell it to give you root, to let you modify the OS or the filesystem.


Jim Dallke: Internet of Things Startup Konekt Raises $1.3M From Groupon Execs and Other Investors

Source: “Chicago startup Konekt, which helps companies more easily build Internet of Things devices, announced Thursday it has raised a $1.3 million round of funding. Konekt makes it easier to connect devices to the Internet using cellular connectivity, rather than WiFi. The company is working to build an infrastructure that doesn't rely on WiFi or Bluetooth for devices to communicate with one another by creating a cloud platform that uses cellular connectivity instead. Investors in the round include


Lee Odess: The Internet of Things will change your life



Source: “The Internet of Things (IoT) -- you may have heard of it in discussions around wearable devices or perhaps just know it as one of the top technology trends of 2014. If you aren’t familiar with the term, be prepared to hear about it a lot this year. As much as the Internet of Things has become an extremely hot topic for businesses and consumers alike, there is still a chance that you are unsure how it will impact you personally. While items such as "smart" thermostats and coffee makers sound cool, it’s tough to determine how these products will change the way we live. Read more about Lee Odess: The Internet of Things will change your life





Chun Liew: SmartHomeDB is currently asking for feedback from industry stakeholders

SmartHomeDBchun at smarthomedb.com SmartHomeDB is currently asking for feedback from industry stakeholders so that their team can improve SmartHomeDB accordingly. How will the mainstream smart home industry evolve and what are the major bottlenecks which will need to be addressed? SmartHomeDB is strongly focused on covering the US market but will be moving forward with covering the EU market and Asia market, primarily focused on the China market.


Damir Čaušević: Entrepreneurial Orb & Modular service approach

Damir Čaušević: Entrepreneurial Orb & Modular service approach
Entrepreneurial Orb
               Imagine the blood cells inside an organism. Those are made of vitamins which are all different and unique and as such all work together to keep the cell healthy and fully active for a bigger purpose.
               Now, let’s move to the entrepreneurial orb. In today’s world, all business entities work only for their own existence and creating an enormous saturation on the market, that many of them fail very soon. 


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