The Internet of Things. A critique of ambient technology and the all-seeing network of RFID

Cities across the world are about to enter the next phase of their development. A near invisible network of radio frequency identification tags (RFID) is being deployed on almost every type of consumer item. These tiny, traceable chips, which can be scanned wirelessly, are being produced in their billions and are capable of being connected to the internet in an instant. Read more about The Internet of Things. A critique of ambient technology and the all-seeing network of RFID

Internet of Things: what is it?

Currently we can discern two main blocks of thought on IoT.  The first is a reactive framework of ideas and thought that sees IoT as a layer of digital connectivity on top of existing infrastructure and things. This position sees IoT as a manageable set of convergent developments on infrastructure, services, applications and governance tools. It is assumed that, as in the transition from mainframe to Internet some business will fail and new ones will emerge.. Read more about Internet of Things: what is it?

RFID, where are we in its development?

RFID technology is at a crucial point, in terms of standards and policies, regulations and deployment and services. As technology becomes ever more deeply embedded in everyday life and the experienced economies, it can no longer see design as a front-end tool, nor as a social and cultural issues as a sphere that has to mold itself around new technologies. Read more about RFID, where are we in its development?


The age of ubiquitous computing is here: a computing without computers, where information processing has diffused into everyday life, and virtually disappeared from view. What does this mean to those of us who will be encountering it? How will it transform our lives? And how will we learn to make wise decisions about something so hard to see?  Writer and critical futurist Adam Greenfield explores this new technology and its implications for society, for business, for the way we design spaces and cities - even for the way we relate to each other. Free downloads from Everyware. Read more about Everyware

Where does all the trash go?

From the New York Times: "Karin Landsberg, 42, a self-described “eco-geek” in Seattle, was so curious that she invited researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology into her home last month to fish 12 items out of her garbage and recycling bins — a can of beans, a compact fluorescent light bulb — and tag them with small electronic tracking devices. Her trash is now on its journey to the place where it goes to die or be reborn. Read more about Where does all the trash go?

Ambient Connectivity

In his lecture Taking Internet connectivity to the next stage Bob Frankston says:

"The Internet was designed as a solution to the pragmatic problem of exchanging messages between two end points without depending on any particular services in the middle. The result has been a phenomenon that has had a major effect on society. We've been able to focus on the problems we are trying to solve without being mired in the details of merely exchange the bits.
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Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao on The Internet of Things

Premier reveals personal stories behind major policy changes
( 2009-12-27)

by Xinhua writers Xiong Zhengyan, Wang Yaguang

"BEIJING, Dec. 27 (Xinhua) -- Tales are usually told as entertainment, but sometimes they act as catalysts for change. In China, the world's third largest economy, story tales have led to national policy changes.

Unique Japanese Barcode Designs

Barcode Revolution: Unique Japanese Barcode Designs via information aesthetics am 13.11.09

The firms Bar Code Revolution and D-Barcode use a unique process that allows for an original design element to be integrated into a traditional barcode. While retaining the functionality of the barcodes themselves, their visual appearence are augmented with beautiful iconography or outlined in larger graphic patterns.

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New url (january 2012: Sourcemap)

Sourcemap is a platform for researching, optimizing and sharing the supply chains behind a number of everyday products:

"Simply put: We believe that people have the right to know where things come from and what they are made of." Sourcemap "is a tool for producers, business owners and consumers to understand the impact of supply chains. Our site is a social network where anyone can contribute to a shared understanding of the story behind products.

Interview with Bob Dahlberg from Arrayent:

Bob Dahlberg from Arrayent:

Where do you see Arrayant in 5 years?

"While our prospective customers have called us the "Cisco of things,"  rather in five years we see Arrayent providing the best cloud computing environment for "things.""

What is the meaning of content in your system?
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PRESCIENT will be considering the privacy implications of emerging technologies

Michael Friedewald, project co-ordinator is happy to announce the PRESCIENT project, a recently started EU project dealing with privacy issue: "Emerging technologies offer significant benefits but also risks to our privacy. How to deal with these risks is the subject of a new three-year project funded by the European Commission.

Neighbourhood talk(s)

Rob van Kranenburg: I posted a notice today April 9 'International Internet of Things Day', saying 'Lecture on the Internet of Things ' at Frédéric, our downstairs neighbour in our Ghent appartment block, and, apart from Kitty,  two people showed up! Peter, a neighbour from across the street and Reinoud, an engineer who lives in the appartment next to ours. I brought a bottle of Cava Brut, but only Kitty seemed to drink from that, as both me and Frédéric are teetotallers and Reinoud declined after a sip or two.

Internet of Things – Fundamentals by Ricardo Murer

The Internet of Things can be understood as a layer of digital information that covers the physical world. Objects and places become part of the Internet of Things in two ways: First, data and information can be associated with a particular location, using geo-coordinates or a street address.

Mark P. Mills: "The Internet of Things enables the rise of the machines – but...."

"The Internet of Things enables the rise of the machines – but unlike the hyperbolic Hollywood movie of the same phrase, this rise will enable and free humans to do more, produce more, and ultimately become healthier and wealthier... Read more about Mark P. Mills: "The Internet of Things enables the rise of the machines – but...."

Gérald Santucci: Happy Birthday!

When I strive to remember what happened 40 years ago, here are the events that come to my mind: the end of the Vietnam War; the military coup in Chile; the Yom Kippur War that resulted in an increase by 200% of the oil price; Britain, Ireland and Denmark joining the EU; the World Trade Center becoming the tallest building in the world...

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