"Internet of things"

Lecture and debate


Join us on Thursday, 6 February, at 6 pm for a lecture and a debate with Rabindranath Andujar and Igor Trupina from about Internet of things. The lecture will be held in English.

The term "Internet of Things" is widely credited to Kevin Ashton, a technology pioneer who created a global standard system for RFID and other sensors. The term became popular in 2009 with an article in RFID Journal. At a very basic level, “Internet of Things” means devices that can sense aspects of the real world – like temperature, lighting, the presence or absence of people or objects, etc. – and report that real-world data, or act on it. Instead of most data on the Internet being produced and consumed by people (text, audio, video), more and more information would be produced and consumed by machines, communicating between themselves to (hopefully) improve the quality of our lives.

Over the past century, we have seen the emergence of a kind of global data field. The planet itself - natural systems, human systems, physical objects - have always generated an enormous amount of data, but until recent decades, we weren't able to hear it, to see it, to capture it. Now we can because all of these things have been instrumented with microchips, UPC codes and other technologies. And they're all interconnected, so now we can actually have access to the data. In effect, the planet has grown a central nervous system and is developing intelligence. It's becoming a much smarter planet.