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.

Evgeny Morozov: The rise of data and the death of politics

Source: „Algorithmic regulation, whatever its immediate benefits, will give us a political regime where technology corporations and government bureaucrats call all the shots. The Polish science fiction writer Stanislaw Lem, in a pointed critique of cybernetics published, as it happens, roughly at the same time as The Automated State, put it best: "Society cannot give up the burden of having to decide about its own fate by sacrificing this freedom for the sake of the cybernetic regulator."
 


Wojciech Borowicz: Why the Internet of Things narrative has to change

Source: „Internet of Things is the current hip phrase of technology evangelists, geeks and all kinds of clairvoyants. If, according to tech blogs and websites, 2013 was the year of big data, then 2014 certainly is the year of Internet of Things.
 
New projects, big funding rounds, the general hype and excitement are everywhere. And yet, we don’t really get the whole thing right. The general media seem more concerned with new smart thermostats design than how the concept


Charles Levy and David Wong : The 5 disruptive business models powered by smart tech

Source: „The most radical effects of technological innovation are nearly always associated with new business models, yet this is often the part of innovation we understand least well.
Our evidence suggests that smart technology creates new value through novel business models that are capable of unleashing meteoric efficiency improvements and allowing for stronger and more meaningful relationships. Business models in the era of smart are characterised by the following five interrelated key features.”


Mohana Ravindranath: Home Depot, Lowes bring the Internet of Things to DIYers

Source: "Home improvement stores, destinations for the do-it-yourself consumer, have long sold the hammers, nails and tools people need to fix up their houses.
Now large chains such as Home Depot and Lowes are selling virtual tools — sensors, Wi-Fi enabled appliances and software — to help those customers monitor and control their homes from their smartphones.
It’s an attempt to tap into the Internet of Things — technologists’ term for a network of connected sensors, devices and objects.


Dave Ragett et al.: Report from the first W3C Workshop on the Web of Things

Report from the first W3C Workshop on the Web of Things to "examine the potential for open standards as a basis for services […] discuss the use of web protocols and scripting languages for implementing services, […] a shared approach to describing services as a basis for interoperability [...] use of HTTP/COAP, Web Sockets, and EXI/JSON for RESTful services."
 
Today, the official workshop report and minutes were published. See also.
 


David Rose: Enchanted Objects: Design, Human Desire, and the Internet of Things

Enchanted Objects: In the tradition of Who Owns the Future? and The Second Machine Age, an MIT Media Lab scientist imagines how everyday objects can intuit our needs and improve our lives.
 
We are now standing at the precipice of the next transformative development: the Internet of Things. Soon, connected technology will be embedded in hundreds of everyday objects we already use: our cars, wallets, watches, umbrellas, even our trash cans.


Piers Fawkes: Reframing the Internet of Things as the Real World Web

Source: „The Real World Web report from PSFK Labs aims to make sense of the ideas and issues connected to the growing of volume of sensitive and responsive technology in our lives. Underwritten by the kind generosity of Intel, our independent research helped me understand the themes and trends that are shaping the topic often described as the Internet of Things.
I resisted naming this report the Future of the Internet of Things – or the Future of Stuff – because I find


Casey Tolan: Modi pushes plan for 100 'smart cities'

Source: „In an ambitious plan to upgrade urban India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi says he will build 100 "smart cities" -- cities outfitted with high-tech communication capabilities -- across the country.
"Cities in the past were built on riverbanks," Modi said in a June speech. "They are now built along highways. But in the future, they will be built based on availability of optical fiber networks and next-generation infrastructure."
For Modi, who took office in May, building new cities is a way to deal with the


Michelle Jones: How The Internet Of Things Impacts Industrials

Source: „Goldman Sachs analysts continue their series about the Internet of Thinks with a look at the impact it will have on the Industrial sector
The Internet of Things is starting to take over all aspects of life. More and more devices and even appliances are connecting to the Internet, not only supposedly making our lives more convenient but also making them inherently more complicated in some ways. In a report dated July 16, 2014, analyst Joe Ritchie and the rest of his team at Goldman Sachs said the Internet of Things is impacting


Mark Gilbert: The Internet of Big Things

Source: „Investors in Dixons Retail Plc, a U.K. consumer electronics retailer, and Carphone Warehouse Group, the oddly named chain of mobile phone stores, will rubber stamp a merger of the two at shareholder meetings today. The alliance is an interesting bet on what might be called: The Internet of Big Things.
The internet of things is when your fridge keeps track of your milk supplies, or you tell your oven that you're headed home and it's time to heat up that casserole, or your library lamp senses that there's no-one in the room


Michele Nati: The third IoT Guildford meetup.

Three presentations from The third IoT Guildford meetup,  a fourth presentation is available at the following link.
 
Gregor Vučajnk is "an independent WLAN professional, a contractor. He specializes in Metro WiFi deployments and carrier WiFi but has extensive experience in verticals such as Enterprise, hospitality, high density deployments and government. He is vendor neutral and has experience with most WiFi vendors: Cisco, Aruba, Ruckus Wireless, Strix Systems, Bel Air, Ubiquity, Aerohive, etc.


Marleen Stikker: Technologies for the People? A bottom-up approach to urban informatisation

 
This talk focuses on bottom-up answers to digital civil rights and new formats of citizen participation. 
 
Urban social innovation offered by the Open Design and Creative Commons movement include the Fair Meter Initiative, which has launched a smart energy meter implementing social standards of data protection.
 


Susan Nunziata: Internet Of Things: 8 Pioneering Ideas

Source: „Today's Internet of Things remains a disparate assortment of ideas and products competing for attention. These pioneers should intrigue enterprise IT.
If you're figuring out how to apply the Internet of Things (IoT) in your organization, bring your imagination and get ready to do some heavy lifting.
Sure, we've all seen the predictions from Gartner: 26 billion IoT units deployed by 2020, with product and service suppliers positioned to rake in revenue of more than $300 billion. But here, now, in 2014, the IoT


Jack Plamer: €400 EURO discount to attend Telematics Munich 2014 (10th-11th November, Hotel Dolce, Munich) will expire this Friday, 18th July.

Source: "I wanted to let you know that the €400 EURO discount to attend Telematics Munich 2014 (10th-11th November, Hotel Dolce, Munich) will expire this Friday, 18th July.
Book your place at Europe’s largest connected car conference this week for the best priced tickets available. Join 1000+ senior execs to explore the future of connected mobility and witness:


Call for Papers: Ethics for the Internet of Things

Different terms have been coined for those old cyberspace fantasies stemming still from the 1980s of a pervasive ICT saturation of the entire mesosphere: Internet of Everything, Semantic Web, Intelligent or Cyber Physical Systems. As early as 1991 Mark Weiser with his idea of Ubiquitous Computing (often bracketed with slight modifications under the concepts of Pervasive Computing or Ambient Intelligence) already reflected on the extension of processing power into everyday scenarios. Already in 2007 IRIE has dealt with this subject and


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