the Internet of Things [green]

Student Project for INDS 3B09: Design Research, Insights & Innovation
For the Industrial Design Department of the Ontario College of Art & Design,
team mentor Matthew Jones, Research Associate, Beal Centre for Strategic Creativity

Monday, January 23, 2006

non-web based research

hey Matt,
are there any sources we should be checking out that aren't web-based? any publications other than the UN report on the 'Internet of things'?


  • At 9:48 AM, January 25, 2006, Blogger MDJ said…

    Sure, there are some magazines to keep in mind:

    We watch MIT Tech Review, Popular Science, Business Week and The Economist - all are great signal sources.

    Bruce Sterling (who writes for Wired) has interesting theories on the future of objects (Blobjects and Splimes).

    Ray Kurzweil a futurist (more Sci Fi than Sci fact...although he did predict the World Wide Web in 1987) has some great books on future relationships between people and technology - good for inspiration.

    I have already mentioned Smart Mobs and Wisdom of Crowds, but I will add "Ambient Findability" to the list (we have a copy upstairs if you want to come and browse it).

    Academic Journals: MIT publishes journals on their research so try to get your hands on any of those. Also look for Sociology, Philosophy and Business Journals.


  • At 4:44 PM, January 25, 2006, Blogger Jasmin Kwak said…

    I have a question about non web based research.. from your comment matt~~ how does sociology, philosophy and ecomony has relationship with internet of things? Is it direct relationship with those topics? or indirect relationship??

  • At 6:53 PM, January 25, 2006, Blogger leslie* said…

    jas - this is how i see those things are related to the Internet of Things from what I have read so far:

    SOCIOLOGY - the way that people interact and respond to the technology and services; being "unaware" of the IOT; interactions with eachother changing based on changes in technology; privacy issues, etc.

    PHILOSOPHY - i think this is where a lot of the controversy comes in. Some people, such as John Thackara, say that DataSpace like an unconquered territory, and he compares the average person [in relation to DataSpace] as a Native person having their land and rights taken away. On the other hand, there is an argument that the IOT and DataSpace provide safety by having constant communication between devices, and ultimately, through the user [GPS, etc].

    ECONOMY - Many businesses, even government and military, could benefit economically from the IOT. In some cases, IOT replaces human contact completely and staffing as a result. It seems like IOT gets rid of the "middle man" in many cases, thus turning more of a profit for the business involved.

    This is how I am understanding IOT at this point. Any comments?? Am I off-base?

  • At 8:37 PM, January 25, 2006, Blogger leslie* said…

    one more thing...

    the effect that the emergence of IOT has on culture is a big sociological issue. not only is IOT emerging due to cultural and societal changes, but its existence will change culture and society as well.

    Unlike HTML code, the IOT is not happening by "accident", which is a great sociological indicator.

  • At 2:26 PM, January 26, 2006, Blogger MDJ said…

    Great comments Leslie
    This project is about people not technology - so signals in the realms of populations, morality and their economies will be the best source to find beneficial opportunities.


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