Friday, April 20, 2018

IBM on The Internet of Things

“Over the past century but accelerating over the past couple of decades, we have seen the emergence of a kind of global data field. The planet itself – natural systems, human systems, physical objects – have always generated an enormous amount of data, but we didn’t used to be able to hear it, to see it, to capture it. Now we can because all of this stuff is now instrumented. And it’s all interconnected, so now we can actually have access to it. So, in effect, the planet has grown a central nervous system.”

I really like the “global data field” idea and welcome the tone and language of the video. When most discussion on pervasive computing and the internet of things is generally obfuscated by jargon it is great to see people come up with clear explanations and use cases that have an impact on people’s lives.

We will see in the coming months how this kind of language will start to be picked up by designers and service design consultancies and can expect more scenarios will emerge as a result.


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