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.

Jenny Lee & Hans Tung: Internet of Things means never having to search again

Source: “In the future, you’ll only check Google’s homepage to see the latest doodle. The smartphone revolutionized personal computing, creating a computer that most of us have within arm’s reach 24 hours a day. The Internet of Things promises to revolutionize computing again, by connecting and collecting data from everything we live in, drive in, eat in, sleep in and work in. In just a year or two, the number of IoT devices will outnumber the number of PCs, smartphones and laptops globally.


David Gewirtz: Internet of things: Sillier and scarier and coming your way

Source: “I’m a child of the sixties and seventies. But even those of you who grew up in the nineties can see the craziness of this situation.
How many of us, when we were growing up, had to install updates on our light bulbs? Or reboot the TV? Or add security updates to a refrigerator? We are entering a new period where the things around us are going to be connected to the Great Cloud in the Sky.
That's great, in some ways. That's not so great, in many other ways.


Rob van Kranenburg: Shift the Gateways into public hands

Source: “As we can see pragmatically IoT as a ‘seamless’ link (or attempt at a kind of ‘seamless’) link between the BAN (Body Area Network), LAN (Local Area Network), WAN (Very Wide Area Network and VWAN (Very Wide Area Network), or body, home, car and city or wearables, smart home, connected car and smart city, we have broken it down in these four groups in and through which we will group components and enablers. Just look at what Google is doing; two ways into each network: Glass and Lens, Power meter and NEST, car and in automotive alliances and media system, google.org for open data


Samuel Gibbs: Budget 2015: Osborne pins UK's digital future on internet of things

Source: “Britain’s technology industry received a further boost in the budget as funding was announced for initiatives that link home appliances to the internet. The chancellor pledged £40m for the internet of things, which allows devices to be controlled by a smartphone or tablet, alongside a £600m investment in freeing up spectrum to be used for wireless broadband and £7.4m to provide wi-fi access for libraries in England. The £40m will be used for business incubators – spaces dedicated to supporting startups –


Vocativ: Internet of Things Reporter (March 18 2015)

Source: "Vocativ explores the Deep Web to discover original stories, hidden perspectives and unheard voices from around the world. Vocativ is smart, creative and inclusive. Our storytellers and our audience – a diverse, open-minded, social generation – are in this together, drawing inspiration from one another. At the heart of Vocativ is our exclusive technology, where science meets storytelling. 
 
Vocativ is a digital media company with exclusive technology and data expertise.


Duncan Jefferies: How the internet of things is slashing energy costs for business

Source: “Smart appliances that communicate with each other and share information using the internet are already available. Indeed, the Internet of things has featured on lists of game-changing technologies for years, and is arguably one of the most hyped tech innovations around. With sensors getting cheaper by the day, more and more physical objects are becoming part of a network of things changing the way we live and work. For businesses of the future, this should lead to a huge cut in costs since these new tools help us see exactly what is going on where.


Carmen Gonzalez: Internet of Things Blog Launched By @ThingsExpo | [#IoT]

Source: “SYS-CON Media announced today that @ThingsExpo Blog, the largest IoT resource in the world, launched with 7,788 original stories.
@ThingsExpo Blog offers top articles, news stories, and blog posts from the world's well-known experts and guarantees better exposure for its authors than any other publication.
The Internet of Things (IoT) is the most profound change in personal and enterprise IT since the creation of the Worldwide Web more than 20 years ago.
All major researchers estimate there will be tens of billions devices--


Sudhindra Holla: Futuristic technology to secure smart cities

Source: “Infrastructure has been a major focus area for the new government—development of cities in particular. Converting existing cities into smarter cities and building new smart cities seem to be given the top-most priority in the political agenda. Plans are being developed to use technologies that can take the existing cities to the next level and make them self-sufficient, comfortable and efficient. But efficiency alone is not adequate for the city to be ‘smart’. The city has to be safe for the citizens to feel protected and for the overall well-being. In order to ensure safety in a smart city set up, IP based video surveillance is a must. Read more about Sudhindra Holla: Futuristic technology to secure smart cities



Marcin Malinowski: How the Internet of Things can transform customer experience

Source: “According to Gartner, the Internet of Things (IoT) is a network with the aim to connect physical objects that contain embedded technology to communicate, sense or interact with their internal states or the external environment. But what this definition does not tell us is how the IoT will revolutionise customer experience. With the global market predicted to be worth £4.2 trillion by 2020, for the past few years at Outbox Group, we have been telling businesses why they should have a vested interest in the potential of IoT in improving customer experience.”


Rob van Kranenburg: Let’s stop worrying and let’s start celebrating IoT Day!

IoT Day. Let’s re-evaluate the current wave of technology as somehow bad or worrying for us, simple people with no money, heritage or socio-financial capital or contacts.
It is always difficult for policy and companies to deal with systemic change. It is extremely natural for them to see the #IoT as an attack and not as a new iteration it has caused itself by hegemonic forces: education, freedom of speech, consumerism, open source and the Internet.
Internet of Things (IoT) is in its essence the seamless flow between the


Christopher Heine: Will the Internet of Things Come of Age in 5 Years? SXSW attendees think so,

Source: "Technologists are holding court at South by Southwest this weekend on the so-called Internet of Things, a future reality where data will be gathered and used for everything from cars and lawn mowers to refrigerators and toothbrushes. Many of these connected products are already available, but when will they become so ubiquitous that marketers must change course—as when smartphones became part of non-techies' lives half a decade ago? 
The truth of the matter is there's still infrastructure work to be done.


Jon Russell: GSF India Is Now Hunting Internet Of Things Startups For Its Accelerator Program

Source: “GSF India, the Bangalore-headquartered accelerator program and angel investment firm, is broadening its scope to cover young startups in India’s internet of things space. The organization has partnered global tech giant Cisco for batch four of its incubator program — and, importantly, extended the deadline for applications until March 17. The organization was founded two years ago by serial angel investor Rajesh Sawhney, who saw the potential to invest in the early stage of India’s startup ecosystem with a Techstars-like program. Initially, GSF India


Ben van Lier: Artificial Life and Emergence

Source: "In 1943 the Austrian quantum physicist Erwin Schrödingered in an lecture : “What is the characteristic feature of life? When is a piece of matter said to be alive?” Schrödinger’s question becomes topical once more in a scientific project is that is reported about on the internet and whose purpose is “to develop a fully digital life form, a virtual nemotode.” The intended life form which is being reproduced digitally from the cellular level is a roundworm called Caenorhobditis Elegans. Daniel Cossins says of this project: “With just 959 cells, including 302 neurons, the hermaphrodite gender of C Elegans fits the bill. But creating algorithms to simulate the functions of Read more about Ben van Lier: Artificial Life and Emergence



Jordan Novet: Amazon confirms its acquisition of 2lemetry, an Internet of Things startup

Source: “Amazon.com has acquired 2lemetry, a startup with a system for sending, receiving, and analyzing data from Internet-connected devices.
“We can confirm that Amazon has acquired 2lemetry, and we look forward to continuing to support 2lemetry customers,” an Amazon Web Services spokeswoman told VentureBeat in an email. She would not tell VentureBeat how the team or technology would be integrated into Amazon. (TechCrunch originally reported on the deal.)
But given the startup’s ability to work with data from devices following various protocols,


Louisa Heinrich: Internet of neighbourhoods, part 1 [post 19/100]

Source: “In 2012 and 2013, Martin and I did a couple of workshops on the topic of Smart cities, taking a bit of an unconventional approach. Most Smart Cities projects that I’m aware of concentrate primarily on infrastructure, transport and security, with a bit of commercial enablement on the side. They don’t seem to spend a lot of time on the citizens, and to my mind, a ‘smart’ city should improve the quality of life for its citizens in order to be considered a success. Of course this is problematic because quality of life means different things to different people, and can’t (and really shouldn’t) be dictated from on high.


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