Blur 2012 Panel: The Internet of Things

Carvoyant’s Bret Tobey and Mobiplug’s Tim Enwall discuss what’s wrong with “the internet of things.”


Blur 2012 Panel: The Internet of Things

Carvoyant’s Bret Tobey and Mobiplug’s Tim Enwall discuss what’s wrong with "the internet of things." (Ed note: Our text is a combination of paraphrase and direct quotes from the panelists.)

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#blurcon > panel on IoT with Carvoyant and Mobiplug, 2 companies that organizer Norlin invested inPeter Vander Auwera
#blurcon Richard Grundy > discussion on not liking term "internet of things" because to nerdy and lack of human aspectPeter Vander Auwera
Internet of Things – Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaFrom Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia The Internet of Things refers to uniquely identifiable objects (Things) and their virtual represent…
re: the internet of things: "things are dumb; it’s how we connect them that makes them smart" #blurconseth levine
When we go beyond a one-to-one connection to a network, the benefits become exponentially better.

Interconnectedness can reduce waste: Smart streetlights, smart houses with A/C, etc.

Tertiary value of linkage is not always obvious.

If we have smart cars and smart houses, what happens to the data when these items change hands?

The power of the network gives us benefit, and we want that benefit. We’ve proven as a society that given the opt-in or opt-out, we choose to opt-in, despite privacy concerns.

#blurcon panel IoT > "open systems almost always win over closed systems"Peter Vander Auwera
#blurcon panel IoT > see also yesterday > huge number of personal identifiable data being gathered by sensors and devicesPeter Vander Auwera
If we have smart cars and smart houses, what happens to the data when these items change hands?
#blurcon panel IoT > drivers sharing stress levels with community planners to identify places that systematically stress driversPeter Vander Auwera
There are a lot of devices in the home — thermostat, for example — that you can ping, but not do much more.
#blurcon panel IoT > "conversation with things needs to be more than just a ping that the thing is present in the grid"Peter Vander Auwera
When technology becomes passive and banal, we know we are ready to move to the next step.

With”things,” what’s relevant is what the thing does.

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