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    Emerging standards and questions about Internet of Things


    The "Internet of Things" is great in theory -- sensors and applications across a range of systems and devices communicate in real time, providing telemetry to track everything from jet aircraft engines to mailed documents. The potential is limitless, but it's going to take some footwork to make it all come together.

    Those are some of the thoughts expressed at an IoT Festival held at MIT -- attended by systems developers, security experts, data scientists, and artists from across a spectrum of industries. While the event took place earlier this year, it raised an abundance of points worth resurfacing. Andy Oram, writing in O'Reilly Radar, provides a nice overview of the issues discussed, ranging from architecture to standards to privacy.
    Read more at: Emerging standards, and questions, about the Internet of Things | ZDNet

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    Oh noooooo.........not the internet connected toilet people again! Thanks Shawn....I think.
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    •"What effects will all this data collection, and the injection of intelligence into devices, have on privacy and personal autonomy?"

    •"How much privacy and personal autonomy are we willing to risk to reap the IoT’s potential for improving life, saving resources, and lowering costs?"
    Well, I don't care if anyone knows when I turn lights on or off even if I'm not home, open or close my garage door, turn up or down my HVAC thermostat nor my hot water heater thermostat or check the temperatures of either, set or check my house or car alarm system, start a shower at specified temperature so to prepare, turn my oven on at a predefined temp so it's preheated for cooking when I get home, or any other machine that would make my life easier and more manageable so as to have more time to do things that really make me a happier camper.

    If a crook/hacker wants to case all that so as to plan an intrusion, well, that's why we have sophisticated alarm systems to stop them or call authorities when or if they do so. I don't think they'll get past the laser-triggered infrared cameras that set off alarms and also alert me on my smart phone.

    BTW, even if they disarm all that they will get roughly 1K volts (no amps) of taser shock if they come anywhere near a doorknob or window with or without gloves.

    •"How do we persuade manufacturers to build standard communication protocols into everyday objects?"
    Did we have to persuade OEMs to build new tech? Geez.

    •"What data do we really want?"
    All of mine?

    •"How much can we trust the IoT? How much can we take humans out of the loop?"
    If I'm reading the question right > I'm not going to live in fear just because there are nasty people in this world. If anything, new tech eliminates a lot of bad behavior. Ask any cop or any employee that's required to wear a minicam.

    •What role should governments play in all this?
    OMG! None! Need I state more?!!

    •What impact will the IoT have on jobs, and how can we prepare the workforce?
    It'll create more jobs if anything. As long as we keep government out of it.

    If an employee is not able enough to learn and perform a new task, then relieve them of all duties and hire one that can
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    How much privacy and personal autonomy are we willing to risk to reap the IoT’s potential for improving life, saving resources, and lowering costs?
    All of it, as long as some CEO gets a huge bonus as a result.

    Any benefits to the consumer are purely coincidental and unintended.
    "Form an orderly queue to receive your IoT tracking chip implant."

    How do we persuade manufacturers to build standard communication protocols into everyday objects?
    Place the BoD of related businesses in "protective custody".

    At the first sign of corporate shenanigans, ship them off to "Gitmo" for "rougher than usual handling".

    What role should governments play in all this?
    Extremely brutal enforcement of the standards (unlike every other area of IT).

    What impact will the IoT have on jobs, and how can we prepare the workforce?
    If you want it to create jobs, let the government run it.

    The first thing that happens, when a government organisation is sold to the private sector, is that the majority of the workforce is sacked.

    If you want it to create CEO bonuses, let the private sector run it.

    The second thing that happens, when a government organisation is sold to the private sector, is that the CEO receives a huge bonus (generated by the savings created as a result of sacking the workforce).
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    I think the Canadian Sci-fi TV show Continuum shows where things are headed quite well. It wasn't politically, socially or capitalist correct so it got cancelled. It shows how corporate control of everything is just as bad as government control of everything.
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    Hi there.

    Actually again a bit of paranoia all round here.

    Most "Petty" Crime like House Burglary is actually DECREASING in most jurisdictions these days -- it's nothing to do with Sophisticated alarms etc -- it's just that unless you have very high item values in your house like Antiques (which if a really sophisticated professional gang want they'll get it anyway whatever system you have in place) there isn't much stuff stored in a home that has an immediate Cash Street resale value - and most of this type of Crime is usually about "druggies" etc wanting to pay for their fix by stealing SMALL portable and quickly sellable items. They aren't walking out of the door with a 60 inch plasma TV for example - and there's no second hand / used market in that stuff anyway.

    Just look at Car Radios for example -- who steals a Car Radio any more - there's ZERO market for them -- same with a lot of consumer electronics which used to be popular items for "uninvited Guests".

    Most people don't carry or store much cash these days either - so a typical Street Burglar isn't going to find the pickings of an average house worth the bother.

    A more sophisticated perpetrator might try to go for "Identity Theft" so look for documents etc but that actually isn't so common.

    Don't though leave your property unsecured - it's just people seem to be getting MORE paranoid about this type of crime which is actually FALLING (in most areas).

    Cheers
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    I propose to kill all the humans and create skynet - that would be the most efficient in all ways Anyway, this is not about progress/technologies anymore, its about how lazy people are and much they dont have what to do, they are just asking for troubles
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    Hi there.

    The old adage is true --If you go LOOKING for trouble you most certainly will find it.

    Just surf intelligently -- in any case there's SO much information available to security services / whatever --in fact SO MUCH that it's probably MORE of a hindrance than actually useful and lead to "Information Overload - rather like the problem car drivers get when there are TOO many road signs in a short distance.

    In the UK there's a law either in force now or coming in soon that mobile phone companies, ISP's and various other bodies have to keep TWO YEARS worth of entire details / copies of surfing activities, mobile phone conversations, texts, emails etc. - The volume of data will be so huge and around 99.9997% of it totally inconsequential that the chances are when something SERIOUS does come up it will easily be missed in the general "noise" of the rest of the data.

    I wonder if the people who actually dream up these things have any idea at all of what they are dealing with --!! judging by most Govt I.T projects not only in the UK but almost everywhere - I'm sure they won't have a CLUE about how to handle this data or even devise any sensible mechanism for collecting it.

    Probably "Accidenture" or Cap Gemini or similar will get another multi-billion dollar contract on how to manage this and then walk away half way through saying it's impossible to complete -- !!!!

    Cheers
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