The Back Page of the June issue of ACM Inroads offered a potpourri of links to discussions of Big Data. In the absence of the Internet of Things (Io T), the collection of Big Data has been primarily dependent on people who have, as Kevin Ashton, suggests “limited
time, attention and accuracy – all of which mean they are not very good at capturing data
about things in the real world. If we had computers that knew everything there was to know
about things – using data they gathered without any help from us – we would be able to track
and count everything and greatly reduce waste, loss and cost. [ 1]”
What follows are some recent easily accessible thoughts on the Internet of Things, which
will supply Big Data as well as affect everyday lives of the public, for good or bad.
In May 2014, Pew Research Center Internet Project and Elon University’s Imaging the
Internet Center the released a report, “The Internet of Things will Thrive by 2025.” Eighty-three percent of the experts who were canvassed indicated that the Io T would have “
widespread and beneficial effects on the everyday lives of the public by 2025.” Read the 9-page
report here [ 7].
In May 2013, Wired, suggested that in the programmable world, all our objects will act as
one. Here is the future in which our tiny, intelligent devices will soon talk to one another. [ 8]
Again in May 2013, the Harvard Business Review offered on its Blog ways in which the
business world will be affected by changes from the Internet of Things. [ 2]
In May 2014, MIT Technology Review offered a business report that asked if companies are
ready for billions of everyday objects to join the internet. [ 3]
The MIT Technology Review reported in May 2014 on a French company that plans to
build a wireless slow lane for small, low-power devices, in “Silicon Valley to Get a Cellular
Network, Just for Things.” [ 4]
In June of 2014, the MI T Technology Review suggested, in “Smart Devices Need to Get a
Lot Smarter,” that “smart homes will require unprecedented effort to ensure not just security
but also usability.” [ 5]
In the same month, “The Role of the Internet of Things in Network Resilience,” in which
the authors discuss “disasters [that] lead to devastating structural damage not only to buildings
and transport infrastructure, but also to other critical infrastructure, such as the power grid and
communication backbone.” [ 6] Ir
[ 1] Ashton. http://whatis.techtarget.com/definitin/Internet-of- Things. Accessed 2014 July 26.
[ 2] HBR. http://blogs.hbr.org/2013/05/how-the-internet-of-things-cha/. Accessed 2014 July 26.
[ 3] MI T 1. http://www.technologyreview.com/news/527356/business-adapts-to-a-new-style-of-computer/. Accessed 2014 July 26.
[ 4] MI T 2. http://www.technologyreview.com/news/527376/silicon-valley-to-get-a-cellular-network-just-for-things/. Accessed 2014 July 26.
[ 5] MI T 3. http://www.technologyreview.com/news/528696/smart-home-devices-need-to-get-a-lot-smarter/. Accessed 2014 July 26.
[ 6] Network Resilience. Available for downloading at http://arxiv.org/abs/1406.6614. Accessed 2014 July 26.
[ 7] Pew Research. http://pewinterent.org/2014/05/14/internt-of-things/. Accessed 2014 July 26.
[ 8] Wired. http://www.wired.com/2013/05/internet-of-things-2/all/. Accessed 2014 July 26.
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