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.

CFP: Designing Things Together: Intersections of Co-Design and Actor-Network Theory

In this call, we acknowledge the emergence of an interesting space at the intersection of co-design and Actor-Network Theory (ANT), especially as design research is confronted with increasingly complex issues such as sustainability, social responsibility, inclusion and democracy; and new approaches such as design activism, design participation, and social and participatory innovation. The influence of Science and Technology Studies (STS) on design research has a long history and it is still enjoying a great deal of attention (Hanset et al, 2004; Ingram et al, 2007; Woodhouse and Patton, 2004). Read more about CFP: Designing Things Together: Intersections of Co-Design and Actor-Network Theory

EURIPIDES, the EUREKA Cluster for heterogeneous electronic products integration is publishing its Spring 2014 Call Calendar for proposals.

EURIPIDES launches two calls per year - in a two step approach - in order to maximize the chances for success, avoiding unnecessary and time consuming efforts to set up projects. In both stage, the EURIPIDES² Office will check whether public funding would be available for partners through the public authorities' network. All EUREKA member countries and associated countries can financially support EURIPIDES projects.

Glen Martin: How The Internet Of Things Is More Like The Industrial Revolution Than The Digital Revolution

Source: „Philadelphia’s Centennial Exposition of 1876 was America’s first World’s Fair, and was ostensibly held to mark the nation’s 100th birthday. But it heralded the future as much as it celebrated the past, showcasing the country’s strongest suit: technology. The centerpiece of the Expo was a gigantic Corliss engine, the apotheosis of 40 years of steam technology. Thirty percent more efficient than standard steam engines of the day, it powered virtually every industrial exhibit at the exposition via a maze of belts, pulleys, and shafts. Visitors were stunned that the gigantic apparatus.. Read more about Glen Martin: How The Internet Of Things Is More Like The Industrial Revolution Than The Digital Revolution

Nate Cochrane: Avoiding collisions in the internet of things

Source: „Imagine a world where just flicking on your windscreen wipers made the road safer for all drivers or where remote-controlled cockroaches rescued survivors trapped in fallen buildings. This is the world of the much-lauded ‘internet of things’ where machines talk to each other to streamline processes and make society more efficient. Gartner expects it to blossom in 2020 to 26 billion devices worth US$1.9 trillion ($2.14 trillion) compared to 7.3 billion PCs, tablets and smartphones by then.  It's also a world where there’s almost a limitless potential for things to go wrong - spectacularly. Calamitous possibilities range from self-driving cars colliding Read more about Nate Cochrane: Avoiding collisions in the internet of things

Urban Data Hack. February 15&16, London.

Smart cities: Making sense of urban data. Collaborative, participatory, equitable cities. How can we make cities more equitable, more participatory, more open using IoT + Urban Data + Data Science?
§        How can we use public urban data to improve citizen’s urban experience?
§        How can we remove barriers to accessing & distributing urban sensor, device data?
§        How can we combine IoT + Data Science to provide equitable insight to citizens and councils?
The IoT-Bay project has delivered its data sets and made its hub and catalogue available to the Hack

The Auto-ID Labs Internet of Things Conference is the premier forum to share, discuss and witness cutting edge research in all areas of development for the Internet of Things

The Auto-ID Labs Internet of Things Conference is the premier forum to share, discuss and witness cutting edge research in all areas of development for the Internet of Things. The 2014 Internet of Things Conference is seeking original, high impact research papers. 

Please refer to the conference website for details on how to submit a paper

Mike Freeman: The rise of the Internet of Things

Source: "In the next few years, your car might send you an email that its catalytic converter needs maintenance. The bottle of your prescription medicine might ping your doctor when pills run low. Your refrigerator may display a digital grocery list based on the food you typically buy.
Sound far-fetched? Not really.
Analysts talk about these types of applications for the Internet of Things — a buzzword to describe the trend of more and more previously dumb gadgets getting smarter through low-cost sensors and connections to the Internet.
The Internet of Things was the epicenter of this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas

Stuart Houghton: The Internet of Things is nothing to fear

Source: „The Internet of Things was never envisioned as a way for Google, Amazon and Apple to hoover up all your data.
When MIT's Kevin Ashton first proposed the IoT in 2009, his was a more utopian vision of RFID-tagged objects having their statuses checked and integrated. Of algorithmically optimised gadgets, watched over and quietly micromanaged by machines of loving grace.
Today, low-power embedded systems have become sophisticated and cheap enough that it is becoming practical to not simply tag objects for centralised control but to give them some level of processing power.

3rd International Workshop on Extending Seamlessly to the Internet of Things (esIoT-2014) - 2rd-4th July (Bimingham - United Kingdom)

esIoT is technically co-sponsored by the IEEE Communications Society Internet of Things Emerging Technical Subcommittee and co-organized by IoT6 European Project
Extending Seamlessly to the Internet of Things (esIoT) is an international workshop focused on the integration aspects of the Internet of Things (IoT). The emerging machine-to-machine (M2M) systems should provide transparent access to information

Ugo Bardi : What future for metals?

Source: "Resource depletion (which includes "peak oil") is a popular subject nowadays. When dealing with the world's mineral resources in general, it is a subject that I have covered with a couple of posts on "The Oil Drum", one titled "The Universal Mining Machine." Clearly, the interest in depletion is growing, as shown also by a book by André Diederen, "Global resource depletion"  and by the recent one by Bihouix and De Guillebon "What future for metals?" 
The basic conclusion of all these studies is that the problem we have may not be so much one of energy scarcity. We have good technical solutions to generate energy without the need fossil fuels.

Andy Hobsbawm: The internet of things: what role will humans play?

Source: "In the future, blood pressure monitors will be able to keep people's medical records up to date and prompt them to exercise. Photograph: Stockbyte/Getty Images
The talk at this year's World Economic Forum in January was of a new technology-powered industrial revolution that's going to disrupt the world economy; about how the internet of things will fundamentally change the way all the physical things in our lives work, from shoes to glucose monitors to cars and beyond. Everything will be programmable, trackable and use data to optimise its performance.
But for anyone who's already nervous about drones fighting our wars,

Hugh Langley: Archos: The Internet of Things is a wild west that desperately needs rules

Source: ""The camera is filming you. The camera will know if you are 25, 30, 35. The camera will know if you're happy. When you put a bottle of milk in front of it, it will recognise it through image processing. And it will know if you are responsive to advertising. It's the intrusion that at one point you don't know anymore that you are being filmed... but you are."
This is Archos' terrifying vision of the connected home, as envisioned by CEO Loic Poirier.
"Many supermarkets at the moment are thinking of how to have a screen in the home where you have behavioural, interactive and contextual analysis," he says.

Omar Gallaga: How big will the ‘Internet of Things’ be?

Source: "Let’s get this out of the way first and quickly: You probably don’t need a toaster that is connected to the Internet.
There is probably, however, a very good dystopian short story in the concept, something about hackers overtoasting someone’s bread from afar until they go crazy or a toaster model that nefariously studies a family’s bread-toasting habits in service of a vast spy network.
It’s ridiculous, right? It’s barely worth thinking about.
It probably will happen. Not right now. Not this year.
Perhaps not even in this decade.

Steve Halliday: The Standards of the Internet of Things

The subject of standards and the Internet of Things seems to be a much discussed one. This is an open invitation to help define those standards.

The Internet of Things is not going to be governed by one standard. There are going to be a large number of standards involved depending on what you are doing.  Some of the standards will apply to one application and others may not.

Many people have asked me how that can be true and I explain it like this:

A great example of a global standard is the credit card that you are carrying in your wallet.  There are several standards published by ISO (international Standards Organization) Read more about Steve Halliday: The Standards of the Internet of Things

Martijn de Waal: The City as Interface

How do media influence the way that the city functions as a community? Digital and mobile media are changing the way urban life takes shape and how we experience our built environment. On the face of it, this is mainly a practical matter: thanks to these technologies we can organize our lives more conveniently. But the rise of ‘urban media’ also presents us with an important philosophical issue: How do they influence the way that the city functions as a community?
Employing examples of new media uses as well as historical case studies, Martijn de Waal shows how new technologies, on one level, contribute to the further individualization and liberalization of urban society.


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