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.

Mary K. Pratt: Internet of Things Prompts IT to Borrow Startup Strategy

Source: „Whirlpool, a huge company with 69,000 employees and $19 billion in sales, is borrowing startup strategies as it builds its Internet of Things capabilities--and IT is intimately involved. The appliance maker has put employees from various functions, including marketing, product development, finance, procurement and IT, into what it calls a Connectivity Team to work collaboratively in one physical space. The nimble team brings technology expertise, business perspective, consumer requirements and operational considerations to the product-development process


Stephen Graves: SAM Labs wants to make the Internet of Things as user-friendly as Lego

Source: „The everyday objects in our lives are being connected together in an Internet of Things – and it's growing at an unprecedented rate.
10 billion devices are connected to the internet today, and it's set to grow to 50 billion by 2020. But with the number of connected devices in our lives skyrocketing, there's a risk that we may lose control of how our technology interacts with the Internet of Things – and how the data generated is used.
 
Start-up SAM Labs wants to make the Internet of Things accessible again.


Paul Brody and Veena Pureswaran: Device democracy. Saving the future of the Internet of Things

IBM Institute for Business Value:  "More than a billion intelligent, connected devices already comprise today’s “Internet of Things (IoT).” The expected proliferation of hundreds of billions more places us at the threshold of a transformation sweeping across the electronics industry and many others. Yet, the dream of a smart, safe and efficient future is threatened by subscription fees, ubiquitous advertising and intrusive surveillance. For the IoT to survive the end of trust and successfully scale from billions to hundreds


Will the Internet of Things become another surveillance nightmare?

Source: „The Internet of Things—the coming revolution in household appliance integration with the Internet—could well be a nightmare of privacy violation and data harvesting The past decade has seen a revolution in microprocessing, Internet connectivity and widespread adoption of new technologies. Human beings are connected to vast sources of data and discourse through an increasing number of outlets. Phones and tablets, the first frontier of smart, social technology beyond traditional computers, have highlighted questions of privacy in media, discussion and politics. 


Ross Stapleton-Gray: Organizing the Internet of Things

Source: "It may be too late to bring back EPCglobal's Object Naming Service, but we sure could use it now.
 
Sep 28, 2014—A recent essay by Phil Windley, titled "The CompuServe of Things," raises concerns of "walled gardens" and stovepiped services and applications—for example, the FitBit device that can collect health data, but which can then talk only to the FitBit service, with no provision to easily pass health data to any other relevant applications. Things are wildly proliferating, but as a fragmented, Balkanized universe of things.


Uri Fleyder: IoT – The Rise of the Machines

Source: „If you search the term “Internet of Things” (also known as “IoT”) in Google you will receive more than 562 million results, it’s a very hot topic which preoccupies the minds of many bright people in the security industry.
 
What’s it all about?
 
During recent years one couldn’t miss the sharp increase in the number of smart end-point devices that have Internet connectivity, this is what we call the Internet of Things and it is rapidly changing the way we think about the Internet in general.
 
Following the revolution of smartphones


Michael Byrne: The Technology of 2022: Battery Superstorage, Nanobots, and Networked Everything

Source: „The IEEE Computer Society released a report this week detailing its predictions for the state of computing technology in 2022. No, the Singularity is not part of it: no downloaded personalities or post-human artificial intelligence. It nonetheless sounds a lot like "the future" should, with wearable, implantable nanotechnology and batteries that hold charges for months on end, just a more comprehensible future, one that doesn't involve sudden innovative inflationary periods or out-of-the-blue discoveries.


Sharon Gaudin: Smarter algorithms will power our future digital lives

Source: „Deep-learning algorithms, which are based on loose simulations of the brain, have been used to advance technologies like speech recognition, natural language processing and robotic autonomy.
Now, researchers are working on the next generation of these algorithms, which are heavily used in machine learning and artificial intelligence and may become the foundation that critical technological advances are built on.
Dan Olds, an analyst with The Gabriel Consulting Group, said if we're to see "profound" technical advances


Ben Coxworth: RFID tags may help household robots locate hidden objects

Source: „In order for household robots to be truly useful, it would be great if they could go and get items for you, without having to be shown where those things are. Thanks to research being carried out at Georgia Tech, that may someday be the case. A robot there is now able to search out hidden objects – as long as they've been labelled first.
 
Ordinarily, robots identify items using technologies such as computer vision systems. These only work as long as the object is out in the open, however, plus they can be confused by cluttered environments.


Mark Welsh: MMA Creates Internet of Things Group

Source: „The so-called Internet of Things (IoT) has arguably inspired more speculation, hype and privacy hand-wringing than any other tech industry buzzword over the last year. It’s not hard to see why. The concept is that Internet connectivity is shifting from the desktop to mobile devices to everything in the physical world from clothing to health monitors to household items and cars.
The prospect of extending digital connections deeper into the home and everyday products has captured the imagination of marketers and agency execs, envisioning brand messages reaching into almost every facet of people’s lives.


Ben Rossi: Forensics and the Internet of Things: the car of the future will be a data goldmine

Source: „Thanks to great leaps forward in automotive technology, cars that once might have been the stuff of futuristic Hollywood films are now inching towards reality
 
'The car of the future could hold the key to faster and more streamlined investigative processes'
 
Driverless cars have recently been given the green light. The UK Department of Transport hopes autonomous vehicles will be ready for trial by January 2015.  
Whilst driverless cars do


Mary Wisniewski: Citi Calls Coders to Develop Apps for 'Internet of Things'

Source: „Citigroup is seeking help from outsiders to develop apps that will work with the so-called "Internet of things" and wearable technologies. Internet of things — which refers to home appliances or other gadgets that connect to the Internet and communicate with other devices — is a nascent tech category that is expected to transform companies. It promises "to help unleash a new era of banking through hardware," Citi said. Citi's fintech challenge is part of a trend in which a handful of banks have been soliciting external developers to tell them what to do next in digital.


Andrea Peterson: Why Shellshock is bad news for the Internet of things

Source: „No, this is not what hacking actually looks like.
A major flaw in a piece of open source code that affects Mac OS X  and Linux users has cybersecurity professionals scrambling to identify and patch vulnerable machines -- but embedded devices making up the so-called "Internet of Things" could be among the worst hit by the bug.
Dubbed "Shellshock" by some members of the IT security community, the issue affects "bash" -- an open source code used in Unix-based systems used since the 1980s. Bash is a type of shell code for user commands, meaning it serves as a sort of direct route


Chris Rezendes: GE Recently Ended One Phase of IoT and Launched The Next

Source: „GE Just Ended the Second Inning of IoT for Industrial/ Commercial Equipment Markets
Pre-Game Warm-Up Took More Than a Decade. First Inning: 30 Months. Second Inning: 6 Months.
Many people love the baseball analogy when describing IoT. They talk about it as being a nine inning game. We are in the X inning of a nine inning game they say. We are going to use that analogy. At INEX, we think the second inning just ended. First Inning. Some of your impatient peers lost their minds in the marathon that was the first inning of IoT.


Dries De Roeck: A neo-luddite internet of things

So, which progression is ‘best’, which ‘way’ do we go? Although that I can personally get rather annoyed by the technology driven approach, I do realise that this is a necessary path to take. Without some standardisation or conventions to make connected products, there is very little chance that connected products will ever leave a prototyping stage. But I am seriously convinced that there is a rising need for more people to become involved in the neo ludite version of the internet of things. Without this type of exploration, I have the feeling that connected products will have a hard time to become adopted by anyone else than technology aficionado’s."


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