Smart-phone or sentient agent?

“The smart-phone is only the beginning of a broader set of solutions that will enhance human communication beyond what we’re able to understand today. Filled with sensors and computing power, the smart-phone is an ideal jumpstation to become a smart agent that is capable of reasoning and capable of helping and assisting humans. Already we are not simply using a smart-phone, but a premature version of Jarvis or HAL9000. But if the smart-phone is only the start, where will it lead to? Let’s make a fast-forward and look at how communication will create change in 5 to 10 years and beyond. Filip is the Founder of the Antwerp based startup Argus Labs, known for building the Jini mobile app that uses sensor fusion and machine learning to transform your smart-phone into a smart-agent.”

The Age of Networked Matter

“Over the next decade, a confluence of breakthroughs will give us new lenses to observe the wondrous interconnections surrounding us and within us. The coming Age of Networked Matter is a world where everyday objects will blog, robots will have social networks, microbes will talk to kitchens, and forests will “friend” cities. We will look at the emerging technologies in computation, sensing and actuation, wireless, materials science, and even biology that will underpin this coming world, and interact with creators as they reimagine and reinvent the changing context and meaning of our lives.”

This Is Me

The Innovation of Loneliness

Google Glass in the NFL

Singularity by Jason Silva

KPCB Internet Trends 2013

“The latest edition of the annual Internet Trends report finds continued robust online growth. There are now 2.4 billion Internet users around the world, and the total continues to grow apace. Mobile usage is expanding rapidly, while the mobile advertising opportunity remains largely untapped. The report reviews the shifting online landscape, which has become more social and content rich, with expanded use of photos, video and audio. Looking ahead, the report finds early signs of growth for wearable computing devices, like glasses, connected wrist bands and watches – and the emergence of connected cars, drones and other new platforms.”

The Anatomy of the Internet of Things

How does Internet of Things look like today?

Matt Turck from Tech Crunch wrote an article about that with the title: “Making sense of the Internet of Things.” In that article a few interesting overviews I want to share with you today.

Building blocks
Trough several key factors the Internet of Things is now becoming more and more reality. Turck describes three key factors, hardware technology, wireless connectivity and infrastructure.

1. Hardware technology
Technology nowadays is becoming more and more cheap. Through this way technology has become more accessible than ever before. The evolution of technology will be going faster as technology is not only available for large companies anymore.

2. Wireless connectivity
The evolution in wireless connection is going a rapid speed so it will become more attractive to connect things through this wireless connections. The evolution of the wireless connection has to go on in this kind of speed because according to Cisco only 99% of the physical objects are still unconnected. “99 percent of things in the physical world are still unconnected, ready to be woken up.”

3. Infrastructure
“The Internet of Things is able to leverage an entire infrastructure that has emerged in related areas.” And this infrastructure is one of the core elements for a successful Internet of Things era. A lot of people are talking about smart objects. Objects are not smart. The only do things they have been programmed for. If This, Than That. By connecting ‘things’ and objects to the cloud, ‘things’ become smart.

“Unlike the Big Data space, where the action is gradually moving from core infrastructure to vertical applications, the Internet of Things space is seeing a lot of early action directly at the vertical application level.”

Verticals can be described as products and services which are able to work on their own without the intervention of a overall platform. Notable is that these verticals have adopted a integrated strategy where key elements of the product can be controlled. In this way we will see also a lot of successful Internet of Things based start-ups I guess.

Where we see nowadays a lot of vertical applications is the chance for big companies to deliver a major horizontal platform where all these verticals can be plugged on. In this way the generated data can be collected and analyzed. Looking for patrons and business opportunities.

“One open question is whether a platform developed for a vertical will easily translate to another vertical. In addition, whether the winning platforms are open or closed will play a huge role in the future of the space. My bet would be on openness.”

What kind of information did you always wanted to know about your business processes? How do you think Internet of Things can help your organization to create competitor advantage? When Internet of Things is the next big ‘thing’ it also asks for your big next step.

Twitter: Enabling the Internet of Things-lite

“It seems that Twitter is starting to provide the barest of minimums required for a physical object to count as a member of the Internet of Things. Some devices, like those mentioned above, use Twitter to communicate; others, like a lightbulb that shines when a Twitter account is mentioned and a cuckoo clock that animates small wooden puppets based on specific Twitter actions. This is our connected future, formed one Tweet at a time.”

Read the complete article over here. Also read the excellent post “Twitter joined the Internet of Things” by Thomas van Manen on the same subject.

What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains

“Most of us are on the Internet on a daily basis and whether we like it or not, the Internet is affecting us. It changes how we think, how we work, and it even changes our brains.

We interviewed Nicholas Carr, the author of, “The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains,” about how the Internet is influencing us, our creativity, our thought processes, our ideas, and how we think.”