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The Internet of Things: Part III- Making fast, context-aware decisions

Making fast, context-aware decisions

In our last post in this series, we worked through a real-life example of an “Internet of Things” system, using Uber as a case study. We saw that the key characteristic of an IoT system is its ability to use the observations and requests it receives from sensors and people to make quick, context-aware decisions and then act on them. In this article, we’ll explore the heart of such a system and describe how such quick decision-making can be automated while taking into account the full “context” of the situation. more

The Internet of Things: Part II- Uber is Driving to Where IoT is Headed

Let’s look at a current real-life example of an “Internet of Things” application so we can think about how such systems will work in the future. Most IoT examples are along the lines of the “smart coffee cup” example in the previous blog, or intelligent appliances. While these are certainly valid examples, they are also very narrowly focused on “Things”, which is only one part of IoT.  The real game-changing aspect of IoT is not so much the “Things”, as it is the systems that reason about things and that cause those things to act.  Over time, these full-featured IoT applications will impact the way we live and work just as profoundly as “Web 2.0” applications like Facebook, Twitter and other social media apps do today.  And as we’ll see in our example, this is already starting to happen. more

The Internet of Things: Part I

What is the Internet of Things?

A term like “Internet of Things” (IoT) can become so over-used that it loses all meaning. Those of us who were around for the “Web 2.0” hype cycle remember this situation. In retrospect, the outcome of “Web 2.0” was the interactive, self-authoring Internet, as we know it today: Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, blogs, among others. In technology, once something becomes successful it simply becomes the way things are, and no longer needs a name. I believe we will see a similar phenomenon around IoT: once it has transformed the world, it will no longer even need a name, and it will just be the way things are. more