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Our Wonderful Modern Age: To Whom do We Owe A Debt?

To a surprising degree our debt is owed to two men who shared little in common other than inquiring minds and great character. Chester F. Carlson was born first, in Seattle in 1906, and Alan Turing was born in 1912 in Paddington, London.

Each made disproportionate contributions to our lives. Carlson made one of the largest personal fortunes ever earned from an invention, and died at the age of 62 having given it away. Turing, the subject of the The Imitation Game, a film that has been recently released, was persecuted during his life for being gay, and died just short of his 42nd birthday. Read more

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What Experts are Saying About the Internet of Things – March 2015

This is the latest post in a blog series here at bbotx that highlights what happened in the Internet of Things world during the past month.

  • The Industrial Internet of Things is more than smart fridges and other consumer gadgets. This article from TechRadar describes how the IIoT is actually improving the efficiency, safety, and productivity of operations with a focus on return on investment.
  • This article from Livemint says it best: the IIoT could be the largest driver for economic growth and employment in the next decade. It will create new markets and generate new streams for the manufacturing ecosystem and could add as much as $14.2 trillion to 20 of the world’s major economies.
  • ‘Digital ecosystems’ are re-shaping entire markets, changing the way we work and live. This article on Forbes points out that this shift is highlighted best by the rapidly growing Industrial Internet of Things, as companies embed computing devices within their existing ‘Internet infrastructure.’
  • South by Southwest, an event known in the tech community for new social media technologies, products and services, took place in March. This Forbes article breaks down this year’s three IoT panels to bring you the event’s top 15 IoT takeaways, security being one of them.

What other articles caught your interest about the IoT space this month? Let us know on twitter at @bbotx or in the comment section below. Read more