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.

Rob van Kranenburg: Extreme Centralization & Extreme Decentraliztion

The world is rapidly drawn into one dominant worldview; that of efficiency as the sole generator of human meaningful action, sponsored by one region in the world, Silicon Valley by a combination of 90% engineers and 10% marketeers interested in wealth, power, ego and speed as the driving quality of the last thinkable ‘essentiality’.

This combination is lethal on any intelligence that is more delicate, multi-layered and ‘slow’. Read more about Rob van Kranenburg: Extreme Centralization & Extreme Decentraliztion



Jack Palmer: CTS is the must-attend connected car event during International CES®

The Consumer Telematics Show 2015 (Jan 5, Rio Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas) is the annual New Year meeting point for senior connected car execs. CTS is the must-attend connected car event during International CES® Watch the world-first presentations from Volvo, Audi and Nissan as they guide you through the business case behind their vision for the future of the connected car.  Engage in debate with 30+ speakers incl. Jaguar Land Rover, Panasonic, Kia and Honda during 14 sessions, giving insight on the IoT & the car, HMI design, cyber security & more


Simon Bisson and Mary Branscombe: Little computers, everywhere: Makers and the Internet of Things

Source: “Growing up in the heyday of 8-bit computing, it wasn't difficult for me to start coding - and to start building my own early Internet of Things (IoT). With a box of bits from a surplus electronics store, several metres of ribbon cable, some Meccano, and a BBC Model B, I had a robot crawling around a school electronics lab, following lines and hiding in the darkest corners. So how do we give students today the same experiences, as computers become sealed appliances? It's a question a lot of people have been asking,


Charlton Adams Jr: The Internet of Things and the Connected Person


Source: “The IoT is a developing technological marvel. It is estimated that by the year 2020, 50 to 100 billion devices will be electronically connected in the globally emerging IoT. But at the center of the innovation that is unfolding across all geographic, industrial and technological borders is not so much those devices that are being linked together but the “connected person.” At the center is the human being who is making use of the applications and services that are enabled by the devices — the things — and their unprecedented integration provided in the IoT.


Steve Banker: Edward Snowden and the Downside to the Industrial Internet of Things.

Source: “The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is the use of Internet of Things technologies by industrial organizations to deliver better performance and enhance competitive advantage — not only in an individual facility, but across an industrial organization’s supply chain and throughout its value network.
There have been many articles forecasting the explosive growth of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).   Without a doubt, IIoT things – industrial


Oleg Kruk: Cloud Development of Medical Systems

Source: “Wireless electronic medical devices have made “remote medicine” a reality. Disease prevention, monitoring of chronic illnesses and eldercare capabilities have expanded beyond the restraints of physical location. It is now possible to view up-to-the-minute data on patient health via a wireless monitoring system, and to share a patient’s diagnostic data with clinics around the world in real time. As wireless electronic medical devices become more widely employed, practitioners seek improved communication between them in order to maximize their effectiveness.


Gil Press: The Internet Of Things' Best-Kept Secret

Source: ““The Internet of Things is more about the things than about the Internet,” Jim Heppelmann, President and CEO of PTC, told me recently. “The Internet is not going through a radical transformation,” he explained. “It’s evolving. But the step-function change is happening in the things.”
PTC may well be the Internet of Things’ best-kept secret. It is a $1.36 billion company with 28,000 customers worldwide, known primarily (by those who know it) as a pioneer in computer-aided product design and development. But in the last five years, under Heppelmann’s leadership,


"The Design Collaborative": DesignX: A Future Path for Design

Source: "DesignX is a new, evidence-based approach for addressing many of the complex and serious problems facing the world today. It adds to and augments today's design methods, reformulating the role that design can play. Modern design has grown from a focus on products and services to a robust set of methods that is applicable to a wide range of societal issues. When combined with the knowledge and expertise of specialized disciplines, these design methods provide powerful ways to develop practical approaches to large, complex issues. The major problems facing humanity today Read more about "The Design Collaborative": DesignX: A Future Path for Design



Chun Go-Eun: The Internet of Things: Will it be our Panacea or Fuel our Paranoia?

Source: “Some of us have greeted The Internet of Things (IoT) with an open door and a warm embrace. For others of us, we are cautiously peering through the door’s peephole, and considering whether we should pretend to not be at home. What this very well-informed panel, enjoyably moderated by industry guru, Mr. Charles Brookson, Director of Azenby in the United Kingdom, agreed, is that IoT will know whether we are home, or not. However, what is done with that information, will be the key to IoT’s mass-market appeal.


Nicola Davis: How to hack your home: why there’s never been a better time to tinker

Source: “Hacking. It’s a word commonly associated with murky rooms, nefarious characters and attempts to steal data. So when the Royal Institution announced that this year’s Christmas lectures will be titled “How to Hack Your Home”, it seemed almost an act of establishment rebellion. But it wasn’t. Because hacking has taken on a new identity – grown a Dr Jekyll to counter its Mr Hyde. “Hack” is now the byword for smart fixes and canny contraptions, from home-crafted alarm systems to remotely operated kettles


Ross Rubin: Why the sharing economy needs the Internet of Things

Source: “Sharing economy companies such as Lyft, TaskRabbit and Spinlister (bike sharing) usually assume that the person renting has proximate access to the thing being rented so that they can hand off and reclaim the goods. In contrast, automatic unlocking and tracking is one way that organizations that manage fleets of assets achieve scale. Imagine the friction if, for example, Zipcar required that someone meet each customer in order to hand over the keys. Even traditional car rental companies are moving toward streamlining rentals.


Sonia Bussu: Public engagement on Internet of Things essential if we are to put societal values at the centre of technological developments

Source: “How do we ensure that the ‘next big thing’ – Internet of Things – be harnessed for the public good? Sonia Bussu of UK’s Involve argues that the involvement of the public is key to ensure that a common language is developed, and that societal values at put at the centre of technological developments.


Sally A. Applin & Michael Fischer: PolySocial Reality: Prospects for Extending User Capabilities Beyond Mixed, Dual and Blended Reality

Source: “The technology industry has evolved over the years with a development lens increasingly focused on end users and usage cases. Indeed, for the past decade or more, personas (the designer-created profiles of end users) have become stand-ins for various usage cases and user models. With regard to location aware software and mobile applications Read more about Sally A. Applin & Michael Fischer: PolySocial Reality: Prospects for Extending User Capabilities Beyond Mixed, Dual and Blended Reality



Joab Jackson: Google wants you to design the Internet of Things

Source: “As part of a new effort to generate more Internet of Things technologies, Google is planning to issue a number of grants to facilitate pioneering research in this nascent field of computing. “While the Internet of Things (IoT) conjures a vision of ‘anytime, any place’ connectivity for all things, the realization is complex given the need to work across interconnected and heterogeneous systems, and the special considerations needed for security, privacy, and safety,” co-wrote Google chief Internet evangelist


Stilgherrian: All aboard the internet of things infosec hype train

Source: “”My tech vendor 2015 predictions media release: Buzz, acronyms, and veiled sales pitches will continue to dominate tech landscape. Stop," tweeted Tim Marshall, whose day job is, um, public relations for a tech vendor. Please dispense a full dose of irony supplement lozenges immediately.
Jokes aside, Marshall is spot on. My inbox overfloweth with vendor press releases touting information security predictions for 2015 that, put together, represent a collective statement of the bleeding obvious. Mobile devices will become more popular targets.


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