Lab: IOE May 16, 2013

Program Overview

A Techonomy Lab: Man, Machines, and the Network

The Internet of Everything. Machine-to-Machine. The Internet of Things. The Industrial Internet. A new language is emerging to describe a fundamental shift in the tech landscape.

First used in 1999, the term “Internet of Things” was coined by Kevin Ashton, a P&G brand manager, who went on to MIT to start an RFID research consortium. Now, intelligence is getting distributed more and more broadly across the social and business landscape, as sensors measure and observe phenomena from the temperature of our bedroom to the state of a chemical plant to the pace of our heartrate. Meanwhile, data storage is practically free so all this accumulating information can be saved, even if sense cannot be made of it immediately. Software, both industrial and as apps in the hands of individuals, is enabling rapid advances in analysis and control of the physical world. Our lives are and will be changed.  Some call it the Internet of Everything, the term we prefer, as big a shift as the invention of the Internet itself.

Techonomy, a conference and media group devoted to understanding the cascading implications of tech’s influence across modern life, hosts this Techonomy Lab as a forum to advance our collective understanding of the opportunities and perils of this new world. Industry veterans like Gordon Bell will engage in dialogue with new entrepreneurs like Alex Hawkinson of SmartThings as well as industry leaders like Facebook mobile boss Cory Ondrejka or Cisco Chief Futurist Dave Evans.

It’s a world of extraordinary efficiency, with daunting implications. What happens as more and more “things” get connected? What will business and society look like? Are we on the threshold of a seamless co-existence between the physical and virtual worlds?

Embedding a sensor or chip in anything is relatively simple in itself.  But what do you do with the resulting data? How can we separate the signal from the noise?

Measurement and monitoring are now real-time and continuous. Analytic tools leap forward as we learn to take advantage of the massive tidal wave of new information.

Spend an afternoon with us as we examine and advance our collective understanding about living and working in a world where everything is connected.

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