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.

Suzanne Jacobs: A Batteryless Sensor Chip for the Internet of Things

Source: „As the Internet of things grows, so will its energy demands. The promise of the Internet of things is, in a sense, passivity. Our homes and offices will monitor us, and respond to our needs without instruction. But for tiny wireless sensors all over us and our things to really be feasible, we’ll have to replace today’s power-needy devices with more self-sufficient alternatives. A new kind of ultra-low-power microchip design could help make this possible. Read more about Suzanne Jacobs: A Batteryless Sensor Chip for the Internet of Things


is the number of members in IoT Meetups today.



Yesterday it was 335 less.


Three months ago it was 15.000 less.


It is alive indeed.

Jack Palmer: What is your opinion on the car as a personalised mobile device?

Source: "Connectivity has radically changed the way we interact with the world. Consumers now take personalisation for granted in their daily lives, but the car can sometimes seem left out of the equation. To get to the bottom of how to position the car in the connected lifestyle, we interviewed Johann Jungwirth, President & CEO of the Mercedes-Benz Silicon Valley Center, on the work he is undertaking on predictive Read more about Jack Palmer: What is your opinion on the car as a personalised mobile device?

Joanne Frearson: Government champions Internet of things with new legislation

Source: „The UK government is beginning to step up its game when it comes to the IoT. A new Digital Government Review – Digital Britain 2015 – plans to look at how technology can improve both the effectiveness and efficiency of people-powered public services.
Chi Onwurah, Labour’s shadow Cabinet Office minister who is leading the review, explains

Mathieu Carrere: Can France Catch Up With Internet of Things World Leader China?

Source: „Like online social networks, the Internet of Things is permanently and fundamentally revolutionizing our consumption habits.
First, what is The Internet of Things ? In layman's terms, it is the connectivity of devices, systems, and services that goes beyond machine-to-machine communications (M2M) and covers a variety of applications. For instance

Daniel Price: Surveillance And The Internet Of Things

Source: „The internet has been used for surveillance ever since its widespread adoption two decades ago. Hundreds of companies make huge profits by monitoring, recording and collating all our information, before either selling it to governments who want to pry on citizen’s lives or corporations who want to learn about everything from the effectiveness of their latest advertising campaigns to the demographic that are most interested in their products. Read more about Daniel Price: Surveillance And The Internet Of Things

Jat Singh and Julia Powles : The internet of things - the next big challenge to our privacy

Source: „Privacy is a hot-button issue in the tech world. How will it fare in the age of pervasive computing – a world of billions of connected devices, systems, and services exchanging personal data?
Get yourself connected: a webcam in the living room will be able to text you when the cat’s been sick on the sofa. Photograph: Peter Menzel/The Human Face of Big Data

Sunita Narain: How smart is a smart city?

Source: Smart is as smart does. The government's proposal to build 100 "smart" cities will work only if it can reinvent the very idea of urban growth in a country such as India. Smart thinking will require the government to not only copy the model cities of the already developed Western world, but also find a new measure of liveability that will work for Indian situation, where the cost of growth is unaffordable for most. The advantage is that there is no agreed definition of "smart city".

Ira Kalb: Here’s How The Internet Of Things Will Power Greater Marketing Success

Source: „If you ask 10 people the question, “What is the Internet of Things? ”, you are likely to get at least 10 different answers – varying from blank stares to long-winded pontifications. To be useful, the Internet of Things (IoT) should be easy for everyone to understand. It can be boiled down to the following three main elements: 1. Smart and sensor-embedded devices and software 2. Users of the information (people and/or machines). 3. All connected through the Internet.”

Yeshim Deniz: Internet of Things Power Panel @ThingsExpo

Brendan O’Brien: I have to say I’ve never seen so much buzz about anything
Source: „In this @ThingsExpo Power Panel, on June 9 at our New York City studio, @ThingsExpo conference chair Roger Strukhoff led a discussion with panelists Mac Devine, Distinguished Engineer at IBM; Jonas Jacobi, Co-Founder & President of Kaazing; Chad Jones, Vice President, Product Strategy for LogMeIn's Xively IoT Platform; Nick Landry, a Senior Technical Evangelist at Microsoft

David Luckham: Manufacturing Revolution takes hold as the Internet of things extends to shop-floor

Source: „It’s good to be recognised for pioneering technology. Frost and Sullivan, the US business growth consultants, have acknowledged the productivity potential and disruptive power of Forcam’s Smart Factory technology with the ‘New Product Innovation Leadership Award’ for 2014. Forcam has more than 50,000 processes and machine tools networked via its Factory Framework

Roger Strukhoff: Follow The IoT 2040 Project

Source: „We are formally announcing the IoT Project Framework at @ThingsExpo Nov 4-6 in Santa Clara, CA.
it will feature four overriding goals for the IoT in the year 2040:
1. To reduce poverty & disease
2. To eliminate violence as a way of settling disputes
3. To spur beneficial economic development in all corners of the world
4. To produce political and societal leaders who will maintain progress

Daniel Kline: Can Entrepreneurs and Inventors Save RadioShack?

Source: „RadioShack  (NYSE: RSH  ) has struggled to find a new identity after it was rendered largely irrelevant by a potent combination of the Internet, department stores, and big-box electronics retailers such as Best Buy.
The company is well aware that it needs to change -- it mocked its outdated image in a Super Bowl ad that featured 1980s icons including Hulk Hogan and ALF ripping stores apart for a supposed makeover. But while RadioShack identified

Joe McKendrick: Thing 1, Thing 2... Internet of Things starts to gain a developer following

Source: „The Frankensteinian creature many refer to as the Internet of Things is starting to gain a foothold in the developer community, suggesting that we'll be seeing more applications headed our way. That's the conclusion of a new survey from Evans Data Corporation, which finds that 17 percent of 1,400 developers participating in its latest survey said they were "working on applications for connected devices

Zeynep Tufekci: and now machines, we are told, are coming for care-giving.

Of course we have enough human caregivers for the elderly. The country –and the world— is awash in underemployment and unemployment, and many people find caregiving to be a fulfilling and desirable profession. The only problem is that we –as a society— don’t want to pay caregivers well and don’t value their labor. Slightly redistributive policies that would slightly decrease the existing concentration of wealth to provide subsidies for childcare or elder care are, Read more about Zeynep Tufekci: and now machines, we are told, are coming for care-giving.


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