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What Experts are Saying About the Internet of Things – March 2016

This is the latest post in a monthly blog series here at bbotx that takes a look at what people in the IoT space are saying – the good, the bad, and the ugly.

  • The Internet of Things has some communication issues, but this article from Fast Company misses the point. All of these IoT devices are state-aware not self-aware. They don’t need to talk to each other; they need to talk to a central process. A central process can speak as many dialects as required.
  • As the world races to take advantage of new technologies, there is a need for sustainable solutions. This article from Plant Engineering makes some fairly obvious points on the topic, but makes a good one in a roundabout way: we don’t want to replace all of our “stuff” to add state awareness and data collection.
  • In its rehash of other articles and poorly attributed quotes, this piece from Transmission & Distribution World does make a startling point: things are happening faster today in business and technology.
  • Are we in danger of an IoT overload? This fun article from ReadWrite underlines the uselessness of many IoT “innovations” – projects that promise to change the world by connecting inanimate objects to your smartphone (because do we really need our cellphones to tell us when our frying pan is too hot?).
  • In this piece from the Huffington Post, the author misstates Moore’s Law – a mistake that sets the precedent for the entire article. In 1965, Gordon Moore observed that the density of transistors on an integrated circuit – not “technology” – would double roughly every year, and projected that it would continue for at least for a decade.

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


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