Many technologies and challenges will shape what we know as "the internet of things" over the next few years. In the latest GigaOM Research podcast, we sit down with analyst Jon Collins to discuss what the technology is (and isn’t) and why it matters for our connected future.
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For a long time, smart homes were only for geeks or the rich. But mass market retailers are now starting to bring out affordable connected domestic hardware and services to help consumers understand their energy use, control heating/cooling and appliances, and make their homes safer and more secure. It will soon be normal to turn lights and appliances on and off from your smartphone, and set your burglar alarm over the web.
But the home is a challenging environment: it’s often a shared space inhabited by people with different needs and goals, and the rigid structures of technology driven systems don’t fit the way most of us run our home lives.
In this talk, I’ll introduce what connected home technologies can do, why the UX is often unsympathetic to our home lives and how we might improve it, and general learnings on designing interconnected, embedded systems that can be applied to other types of multi-device service too.
All our digital devices are wired up now. Next in line is the world of things.
Door locks that recognize you and yield at your approach. Machines at the gym that know your Tuesday workout and go straight to it when you walk in. Anything, anywhere with embedded intelligence and connectivity, responding to you and to other things around you. A programmable world of objects, things.
It may sound like heaven. It may sound like hell. It’s happening.
Bill Wasik, senior editor of WIRED magazine. Author of this month’s cover feature: “Welcome to the Programmable World.” (@billwasik)
Jason Johnson, chairman of the Internet of Things Consortium. CEO of August. (@jcjohnson)
Sherry Turkle, professor of the social studies of science and technology at MIT. (@sturkle)
In the future we may be able to find lost keys with a simple google search. Science fiction writer Bruce Sterling imagines how physical objects will be part of the internet as they become trackable in space and time. Bruce discusses the theoretical and technical challenges that we face as we try and think about and develop the Internet of Things. From Spimes to Thing Links to Blogjects, the terminology and verbal framing devices currently being used are pulled apart in this keynote address from the 2006 O’reilly Emerging Technology Conference. Sterling discusses at length how language shapes our understanding of technology. Phrases like Artificial Intelligence, he claims, have become frozen in time. This freezing of the language may have hindered the development of computers that have little to do with thinking and everything to do with linking, ranking and sorting. He advocates for a clash of sensibilites when coming up with proper terminology for remote technical eventualites. The Internet of Things may take up to thirty years to come about, so there is no reason to expect the terminology of today to fully describe realities of the future.
Much of the talk deals with the concept of using verbal framing devices to manifest an idea. Bruce introduces us to the idea of a spime, objects that are trackable in space and time. Spimes are material instantiations of an immaterial system, digitally manufactured things from virtual plans. The Internet of Things will change how we interact with objects from the moment of invention to the moment of decay. Bruce brilliantly fits these and other concepts within the intellectual millieu of the web 2.0 world.
Melvyn Bragg tackles the philosophy of logic - first mapped out by Aristotle in the 4th century BC; disregarded by Descartes in the 17th century and revived and reworked by Gottlob Frege in the 19th century; logic is at the heart of computer science and is a mathematical as well as a philosophical disclipline. Melvyn is joined by A.C. Grayling, Professor of Philosophy at Birkbeck, University of London; Peter Millican, Gilbert Ryle Fellow in Philosophy at Hertford College at the University of Oxford; and Rosanna Keefe, Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Sheffield.
Right about now, Rise of the Machines, a conference taking place in London on the Internet of Things, is about halfway over. Earlier today, one of the speakers, David Orban, sat down with another speaker, David Wood, for a five minute talk about the current state of IoT. As the conferences progresses, we’ll post more interviews by Orban with other key players who are at the event.
Wood has a long background creating smart mobile devices, including a decade with PDA manufacturer Psion PLC, and more than 10 years as an executive with smartphone operating system specialist Symbian. He is now principal of Delta Wisdom. http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/rise_of_the_machines_david_wood_on_the_internet_of_things.php
Melvyn Bragg is joined by A.C. Grayling, Beatrice Han-Pile and Christopher Janaway to discuss the dark, pessimistic philosophy of Arthur Schopenhauer, which set the tone for much twentieth century thought
Melvyn Bragg discusses Logical Positivism, the radical early twentieth century philosophy movement which began in ‘Red’ Vienna and rejected much of past philosophy as not just false but meaningless. With Barry Smith, Nancy Cartwright and Thomas Uebel
Melvyn Bragg discusses why revenge tragedy was so popular with Elizabethan theatre goers from Thomas Kyd’s Spanish tragedy to Shakespeare’s Hamlet. With Jonathan Bate, Janet Clare and Julie Sanders
Melvyn Bragg is joined by guests Michael Clanchy, Nick Vincent and David Carpenter to discuss Magna Carta; the oft proclaimed foundation of English Liberties.
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