Jamie Carter: 10 hugely important IT trends for 2016

Are you ready for the device mesh and autonomous agents?

Forget drones, FinTech and (especially) apps that claim to be 'digitally disruptive'. The big tech trends that will have a significant impact on the IT and business world in 2016 and beyond range from machine learning and neuromorphic computing architectures to a growth in sensory and contextual information and more ambient user experiences. Could 2016 be the tipping point when the physical and virtual worlds finally merge?

Suwatchai Songwanich: Chinese firms embrace the Internet of Things

When China's latest five-year plan was outlined in October, the Internet of Things featured prominently as a means to more efficiently link infrastructure and manufacturing as well as to encourage entrepreneurship and innovation.

The IoT, or what many Chinese call "Internet+", has the ability to unite the physical world of objects and the virtual one of computing and analytics through multiple networks, using technology that allows devices to communicate via infrared sensors, radio frequency identification and other machine-to-machine technologies.

Inderscience Publishers: Really, what is the internet of things?

The Internet of Things, IoT, the cloud, big data...buzzwords for the modern age. But, asks Won Kim, Jaehyuk Choi and colleagues in the Department of Software at Gachon University, in Gyeonggi-do, South Korea: Is the IoT actually anything new and how does it work? Writing in the International Journal of Web and Grid Services, the team offer some answers and a high-level view of the IoT from the perspective of its architecture.

The MSVUK Team: Are you a later stage startup who want to take their businesses to a new level of success? Microsoft Ventures Accelerator can help!

We are now accepting applications for our next London Accelerator programme. Successful applicants will enjoy a host of benefits over 16 weeks from March 2016, including:

Doug Peeples: How Microsoft helped Tacoma teachers teach better (with data they already have)

At 55%, Tacoma's high school graduation rate was well below the national average of 81%. Fortunately, with help from Council Lead Partner Microsoft and its integrated IT solutions -- and the data available in existing school records, the graduation rate improved dramatically to hit 78% in 2014.

Malia Spencer: Intel made a tiny house to show off the Internet of Things

Tech giant Intel has built a tiny house in San Francisco to experiment with Internet of Things technology and gain insight into the challenges that could hold back the technology from truly entering the mainstream.

Intel still depends on the PC market for the bulk of its business, but as PC sales have weakened, the company has turned to other areas such as its lucrative data center group and the emerging Internet of Things group for growth.

Virginia Morell: RFID study: Birds would rather go hungry than leave their mate behind

You and your partner are hungry, but your favorite pizza parlor will only let your mate in to dine. What do you do? If you’re a great tit (Parus major), a songbird found from Europe to Northern Asia, you wait by yourself, even though theoretically you would be better off looking for food elsewhere, scientists have discovered. To find out whether the small birds, pictured above, prefer food or hanging out with their mates, the researchers conducted a series of experiments with a long-studied population of wild great tits in the United Kingdom.

Mark Pomerleau: For the military, the Internet of Things isn't about 'things'

Cartwright says the IoT is all about culture, not technical issues.

With the coming boom of smart refrigerators and smart thermostats set to take over contemporary life, the military has sought to ride the coattails of this commercial craze known as the Internet of Things, which could increase efficiency on multiple levels. Despite reports indicating that the military has lagged behind in IoT adoption, the integration of myriad device and platforms doesn’t hinge on technical issues, but rather on culture.

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Self-driving cars will rule the roads in 2030, says Internet of Things visionary

LONDON -- We will discover extraterrestrial life in this century. We will survive climate change. By the 22nd century, most people will be vegetarian.

These are bold predictions, but then the man who made them, entrepreneur, author and founder of MIT's Auto-ID Center Kevin Ashton, has had a good eye for predicting the future.


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