01 Mar '16, 5pm

The "Internet of Things" is a scam!

The "Internet of Things" is a scam!

Seeing as the ideas and technologies behind IoT have already been in development for about half a century, is IoT really a hot new paradigm-shifting technology? Or is it just a coat of fresh paint on an old scam? A tool for marketing pinheads (like me) to sell you expensive and complicated appliances? Well… there’s no doubt that there are piles of Silicon Valley startups, each tripping over the other to develop IoT’s “killer app.” And it’s also very likely that retailers of technological tchotchkes and e-kitsch (like that one place you only shop at 40,000 feet ) will use it as a badge to sell chintzy wares. I also think that the phrase represents a convergence of technologies that was going to happen eventually anyway , and would need a name. It’s likely that we’re in the IBM Simon stage of the Internet of Things. We have a feeling that there’s potential, we’re trying to b...

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