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.

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 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. 

Edward Wijnen: DataStax solutions power the mission-critical big data applications

This document discusses how Riptide IO saves millions in energy usage and operational cost using Internet-of-Things powered by DataStax Enterprise. The development cycle of the solution was only 2 months and started saving money for its retailer clients immediately. About DataStax DataStax its solutions power the mission-critical big data applications that transform business and enable life-changing customer experiences

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John Greenough: The 'Internet of Things' will be the world's most massive device market and save companies billions of dollars

Source: “The Internet of Things (IoT) is beginning to grow significantly, as consumers, businesses, and governments recognize the benefit of connecting inert devices to the internet.
In an all-new report from BI Intelligence, we examine what is currently driving growth in the Internet of Things and how various sectors of the economy will embrace IoT innovations. “

Harris Moysiadis: A System Theory approach on IoT-enabled political interventions

Harvard Business Review last edition[1], was largely covered by issues raised by the Internet Of Things, Industrial Internet, Internet of Everything and numerous others catchy descriptions. Which primarily describe how to connect heterogeneous objects in order to easily monitor and control them, then how to optimize the processes these devices are involved in and last, how to fully automate the latter even without any human supervision.All the above require huge technological challenges and approaches although not restricted to those, solely. Read more about Harris Moysiadis: A System Theory approach on IoT-enabled political interventions

Lisa Chau and Daniel Pickett III: Can the Internet of Things Work for You?

Source: "More than 900 "Internet of Things"-specific vendors showcased new products and services at this year's Consumer Electronics show. When the idea of an Internet of Things first emerged, connected services and products were fairly limited to targeting consumers through devices such as cars, coffee makers and thermostats. Now, the idea of Web-connected objects is penetrating deeper into every aspect of business and economy.
In fact, the information technology research firm Gartner has

John Mccarthy: Mattel’s internet of things-powered Barbie promises real time conversations with kids

Source: “Toy maker Mattel has unveiled an internet enabled Barbie doll capable of conducting conversations with kids.
In a bid to stem the doll's falling sales, Mattel has teamed up with San Francisco kids app start-up ToyTalk to bring Barbie dolls into the 21st century using a Wi-Fi connection.
With inbuilt speech recognition ‘Hello Barbie’ will be able to identify children in addition to registering, via the cloud, its likes and dislikes.”


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