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.

Neul Launches World’s First Production White Space Radio System

The name Neul is pronounced like ‘fuel’ and is from the Gaelic word for 'Cloud'. Neul’s grand vision is to bring about a revolution in the way devices and applications communicate. From the predicted 50 billion connected Machine-to-Machine (M2M) devices, through smart metering to local broadband delivery, transportation and beyond , Neul is helping to create'the internet of everything':

Futur en Seine: discussing our digital futures

Digital technology and content will have a major impact on all parts of our daily lives in the coming years, whether on a economic, business, social or cultural level. Futur en Seine, the Festival of Digital Life and Creativity, will address the most critical aspects of our digital future, by focusing on several essential themes. At the very heart of the festival, a cycle of international conferences and workshops will be held over a period of six days in prestigious locations (Collège de France, 104, Gaîté Lyrique, Forum des Images et Ecole Normale Supérieure).

Christian Nold: The Rennes Emotion Map

The Rennes Emotion Map suggests that there is a shared experiential space that we all share, a kind of spatial poetry of lived life. The map represents a terse and fractured tapestry of what it means to be live in Rennes. Looking at the maps we see density of drawings and comments in certain area and spareness in others. We see mental maps that relate to physical space and at others that show abstract and private codes. We see multiple viewpoints of the same locations such as the cut down trees around the lakes in Vern sur Seiche or the swings, which trigger adult reflection on what it means to be a child.

Kevin Fitchard: Nokia’s new interim CTO Tirri on the concept of the “Internet of Things”

Kevin Fitchard: Nokia’s new interim CTO Tirri is no lightweight: "Nokia’s CTO Peter Green may be on indefinite leave, but he’s certainly leaving his responsibilities in capable hands. Nokia Research Center interim CTO Henry Tirri may be exactly what Nokia needs as it upends its world and plots a new strategy with Microsoft. As my colleague Michelle Maisto pointed out on this blog post, CEO Stephen Elop isn’t getting much from the Nokia old guard as he tries to implement a radical maker-over for the company (Unfiltered: Nokia CTO leaving just as things are getting good).

Ian Schulte: Government 2.0: Paving the Way Toward a True Citizen Government?

Ian Schulte: "Communities and officials are constantly looking for means to improve their structure, operations and cohesiveness. Recent projects such as digital arts collaboratives, online town halls and neighborhood crime watch platforms have begun to increase and intensify civic engagement. Underlying these projects is a two-pronged belief: first, that community members can get interested enough in civic matters to actually do something

70% of Americans use their garage door as the primary home entrance.

"LiftMaster, the largest professionally installed  garage door opener company in the world, unveiled  their Internet connected garage doors at the  International Door Association's Exhibition 2011  show floor on Friday June 3rd. LiftMaster choose Arrayent's Internet-Connect  Service to power their low cost, easy to install  network called MyQ. LiftMaster started out their  Arrayent technology evaluation using Arrayent's  Development Kit for Low Power RF we announced last year.

Martin Dodge: Code/Space

"Ultimately Code/Space makes the case that software matters. It is extensively and intimately woven into the fabric of people’s lives in diverse and significant, though often banal, ways. Software is thus actively shaping sociospatial organization, processes, and economies, along with discursive and material cultures and individuals’ construction of identities and personal meanings. And its effects are set to become increasingly pervasive as more and more everyday practices and tasks are augmented or automated by code. Clearly, trying to understand the nature, roles, and implications;of software on the unfolding spatialities of daily life is important. We hope that Code/ Space is a productive step in that direction.

association Council France/ Quels objets communicants doit-on mettre en bien commun? ….Action!

L’internet des objets en cours de structuration, soulève bien des inquiétudes quand à sa pénétration dans la société et dans l’intimité de  chacun, sa raison d’être et les transgressions possibles de nos libertés personnelles. Ces questions ont été posées lors de la première journée de réflexion  Council du 1er dec 2011.

In Situated Technologies Pamphlets 8, Christian Nold and Rob van Kranenburg articulate the foundations of a future manifesto for an Internet of Things in the public interest.

In Situated Technologies Pamphlets 8, Christian Nold and Rob van Kranenburg articulate the foundations of a future manifesto for an Internet of Things in the public interest. Nold and Kranenburg propose tangible design interventions that challenge an internet dominated by commercial tools and systems,

Katia Moskvitch: Sewer challenges, Pachube and Internet of Things

BBC Internet of things blurs the line between bits and atoms: "One of the best-known firms making software for the internet of things is called Pachube. It works directly with hardware developers to connect physical objects and the internet in the most unusual and innovative ways. Mr Percifield wants to alert people when the sewer is overflowing so that they can save water.

Urban Immune System Research /Making Future Design 10 June 2011 | QUAD | Derby

Institute for Boundary Interactions:  Join the Institute for Boundary Interactions at the second in a series of forum  events as part of the Making Future Work digital research programme. The event focuses around the development, challenges and opportunities of future design and the data sphere.  We are going to be presenting work in progress from our research project; Urban Immune System Research, a critical design project investigating parallel futures in the emergence of the smart-city..."If one were to imagine the city or urban spaces as living super organisms what would help or hinder it to survive?

CFP: 1St Awareness Workshop on Challenges in Achieving Self-Awareness in Autonomous Systems (deadline July 4 2011)

This workshop aims to bring together researchers from a range of disciplines to articulate the main challenges and propose methods of addressing them. The workshop solicits both conceptual papers which outline challenges and suggest novel approaches to addressing them, and technical papers  describing results or methodologies.  As technology continues to rapidly advance, the management of systems  becomes increasingly more difficult:systems are likely to be composed of heterogeneous devices,

An innovative sensor network to improve the quality of life of European patients

Euroalert: " A EU-funded research studies to bring the Internet and everyday objects together. In this way, the IOT-A project is developing an architecture reference model that will enable all objects to connect to the Internet. Whatever the technology, everything will be connected, making interoperability issues a thing of the past.

Bruno Berthon: Smart cities: can they work?

Bruno Berthon for the Guardian Professional Network: "Amsterdam is lauded as the most energy-efficient city in Europe but emissions are rising. What lessons can be learnt? Much of the cities talk is about smart technologies: smart grids, smart buildings, water systems and intelligent transport. But it's clear that they cannot be seen in isolation. All too often, fragmented projects – often of a prestige kind – have resulted in unsustainable and costly ventures. Central to the success of intelligent cities is an open platform that unites all government departments, services and technologies....

Reinforcing privacy in smart surveillance: A new EU-funded project will develop an early warning system

Sapient. Michael Friedewald: "Smart surveillance technologies have been promoted as an important technological means to address security issues, but they also harbour significant risks to our privacy and other fundamental rights. How to deal with these risks is the subject of a new three-year project funded by the European Commission, called SAPIENT which stands for "Supporting fundament Al rights, PrIvacy and Ethics in surveillaNce Technologies".


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