Workshop on: Collective Adaptation in Very Large Scale Ubicomp: Towards a Superorganism of Wearables

The 2nd workshop (after the UBICOMP 2014 WS in Seattle) asks questions on the potential and opportunities of turning massively deployed wearable systems to a globe-spanning superorganism of socially interactive personal digital assistants. While individual wearables are of heterogeneous provenance and typically act autonomously, it stands to reason that they can (and will) self-organize into large scale cooperative collectives, with humans being mostly out-of-the-loop.

Maxx Chatsko: The Internet of Things is About to Solve Biotech's Oldest Problem

Investors are going crazy for everything and anything associated with the Internet of Things, or machine-to-machine communication. After all, the field has the potential to add significant efficiency gains throughout the global economy in applications ranging from household appliances to agriculture to industrial manufacturing. While it is rarely discussed, the Internet of Things also has the potential to revolutionize biotechnology laboratories and research and development efforts -- perhaps creating substantially more value for biotech than in any other headline-grabbing applications.

Mikal E. Bellicose: Out of the Loop on the Internet of Things? Here's a Brief Guide.

Q: What does the Internet of Things mean for small business?
A: From smart thermostats to cars, the Internet of Things (IoT) is an ecosystem of devices that kicked off Web 3.0. We asked Andy Smith, general partner at Center Electric, a San Francisco-based venture capital firm focused exclusively on investments in IoT startups, to tell us how it will affect small businesses. 
What exactly is the Internet of Things? 
It’s two things: The first is “smart” connected things, such as a sensor for motion detection or light

David Braue: How the Internet of Things is reshaping the future of security

The emerging model of the Internet of Things (IoT) is rapidly changing the way organisations think about IT security – but IoT's unique characteristics are also likely to send ripples through conventional security architectures by forcing a fundamental rethink about how corporate data is managed and protected. That rethink began years ago, when the idea of allowing employees to bring their own mobile devices into corporate networks put an end to the idea that corporate information security

Chris Taylor: Internet Of Things: The Rubber Meets The Road

IoT can demonstrate meaningful business value today, but there are still significant challenges to meet.
The Internet of Things (IoT) is here. We've moved beyond speculation about what IoT might look like to the place where the rubber meets the road: that is, to where IoT demonstrates real business value.
This evolution raises questions for how to best manage and benefit from the technology as it continues to grow in ways that we may not realize.

Nick Bertell: Moneywatchers: Investing in the Internet of Things

We’re in the middle of one of the greatest transformations in history, much like the Industrial Revolution, except infinitely faster. The mobile internet wave, with over a billion people connected through their smartphones has made a lot of people a lot of money. Almost all of us own a smartphone and think how necessary it is to your life. But then think there was no such thing until Apple invented it seven years ago. Now a lot of smart investors are looking past the smartphone asking what’s next. And the answer for a great percentage of them is the “Internet of Things,” or IoT for short.

Eric Chabrow: Internet of Things: Legal Issues

Attorney Stephen Wu on Impact of Increasing Computerization: at a time of sweeping and rapid change in cybersecurity,
IT security attorney Stephen Wu says organizations need to be prepared from a compliance, incident response and risk management perspective to address novel situations stretching society's capabilities.
One aspect of the change is the increasing number of devices that connect to the Internet, the so-called Internet of Things, says Wu of the Silicon Valley Law Group.

The Internet of Things: Lack of Consumer Knowledge May Impact Bottom Line

PRINCETON, N.J., April 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- New research by CARAVAN® Omnibus Surveys from ORC International shows that even though the Internet of Things (IoT) is ever present in today's business and technology circles, only half of the American adult population (51%) has heard of the term. Even with tech-savvy Millennials, 1 in 3 do not know the term, and only 8% of American consumers regard themselves as being 'very familiar' with it.
Of those very familiar, there is still difficulty with accurately defining it.

Darren Allan: BlackBerry unveils CHACE, a new Internet of Things security initiative

BlackBerry has announced the launch of a new initiative called the BlackBerry Center for High Assurance Computing Excellence, or CHACE for short, which aims to further bolster security in the Internet of Things age.
The idea of CHACE is to reverse the current fail-then-patch approach to security, BlackBerry notes, with the development of security tools that offer a far better level of security protection than is now available -- a proactive approach to vulnerability prevention which is far more cost effective.

Mireille Hildebrandt: Smart Technologies and the End(s) of Law

This timely book tells the story of the smart technologies that reconstruct our world, by provoking their most salient functionality: the prediction and preemption of our day-to-day activities, preferences, health and credit risks, criminal intent and spending capacity. Mireille Hildebrandt claims that we are in transit between an information society and a data-driven society, which has far reaching consequences for the world we depend on. She highlights how the pervasive employment of machine-learning technologies that inform so-called ‘data-driven agency’ threaten privacy, identity, autonomy, non-discrimination

Stacey Higginbotham: BM's block chain booster for the Internet of things surfaces at EY

The man behind IBM’s idea to use technology that underpins Bitcoin for connected devices has a new gig at consulting and auditing firm EY.
Paul Brody, the man who helped drive the effort to create a new architecture at IBM for connecting devices in the so-called Internet of things, has joined accounting and consulting firm Ernst & Young, known as EY, as the Americas strategy leader for the technology sector. Brody is perhaps best known for evangelizing the use of block-chain technology, the distributed database that powers crypto currencies like Bitcoin.

Galen Gruman: The Internet of things doesn't -- and shouldn't -- exist

A highly connected world where devices of all sorts intelligently use sensor data to be more efficient, adjust to changing conditions, prevent or at least flag problems, and optimize performance of themselves, workflows, and even personal health 
-- that is the vision of the Internet of things.
It's a great vision, but despite all the hype in the last year,
it does not --
and may never --

5 Ways The Internet Of Things Will Change Social Media

The Internet of Things will change the what it means to be social. Everyday objects, data, systems and people will be connected to create an intelligent network, creating value for those choose to be a part of it. Evidence of this shift can be seen first hand in the mobile traffic application, Waze,  now a part of Google; by linking internet connected smartphones to other connected objects (traffic signals and cameras for example), people, data (real-time traffic information), and systems, the network helps drivers optimise their journeys in real time.

Giselle Abramovich : Marketers’ excitement about the Internet of Things (IoT) has begun to build, but the world of connected devices still has a long way to go before consumers fully embrace it.

This week’s installment of “Mind-Blowing Stats” demonstrates the potential of IoT in the next five to 10 years.
1. In 2008, there were already more "things" connected to the Internet than people. By 2020, the amount of Internet-connected things will reach 50 billion, with $19 trillion in profits and cost savings coming from IoT over the next decade.

Martin Pot: Smart or Feel in Meet IoT Newsletter

“There are many realities. There is no single world. There are many worlds, and they all run parallel to one another, worlds and anti-worlds, worlds and shadow-worlds, and each world is dreamed or imagined or written by someone in another world.“ 
Paul Auster, Man in the Dark
While my first article here originated from several more theoretically oriented issues concerning the iot and the built environment, it should be obvious that theory only will not provide the solutions needed to really achieve understanding, let alone real practical progress.


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