Tom Nolle: The Internet of Everythinguseful

We really don't want an "Internet of Everything" but even building an Internet of Everythinguseful means setting some ground rules to insure there's value in the process and that costs and risks are minimized.
1/10/2014 | 19 comments
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Susan Fourtané   The Internet of Everythinguseful   1/21/2014 4:24:53 AM
The Internet of Everythinguseful
Tom, 

Yes, there has to be a difference between the Internet of Everything and the Internet of Everythinguseful. Because if not, what's the point? 

-Susan
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Tom Nolle   The Internet of Everythinguseful   1/21/2014 10:38:43 AM
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Sadly, I think the point of the "Internet of Everything" and its likely cosmic/quantum successors is to generate PR.  We have too much hype in the industry, and it often hides the real requirements and the real issues, making the reality harder to achieve.
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Susan Fourtané   The Internet of Everythinguseful   1/21/2014 3:16:35 PM
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Tom,

It sounds like it becomes harder and harder to trust the reality we perceive. :/ 

-Susan 
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Tom Nolle   The Internet of Everythinguseful   1/21/2014 3:30:18 PM
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Reality is just another way of looking at things, I guess, Susan!  Particularly in the age of marketing and virtualization.
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Nomi   The Internet of Everythinguseful   1/21/2014 2:20:48 PM
Distraction Vs Usefulness

Well like the name suggest "The internet of Everythinguseful" I think this concept is vary from person to person . In today's world people are talking about how to minimize the distracting computing. However with the detailed research and statistics this concept would also be helpful in minimizing distracted computing. 

Tom Nolle   The Internet of Everythinguseful   1/21/2014 3:26:52 PM
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Personalization is one of those issues that gets swept aside by the hype wave, Nomi.  Another is privacy/security/stability.  If you put a traffic signal online in a direct sense you can bet it will be hours before somebody attaks it.  Same with a traffic camera.  Is there a utility to making these devices networked in an Internet sense?  It depends on how you balance things.
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Sara Peters   The Internet of Everythinguseful   1/28/2014 2:50:03 PM
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@Tom  It sounds a little sensational to say that if we really connected EVERYTHING we'd "break society" within the first 24 hours... but it doesn't sound very sensational. I think your security and privacy concerns are entirely legitimate.
Tom Nolle   The Internet of Everythinguseful   1/28/2014 3:04:04 PM
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Those were my concerns, Sara.  Think about the small point of home alarm systems.  Most are not accessible to the Internet, but for those that are there have already been stories of hacking or blocking.  Suppose that every alarm system was online, every garage door, every home appliance.  How long would it take before people decided to turn on the neighbor's coffee pot in the middle of the night to play a joke and set a house on fire, or opened a door and let someone in?  There is always an exponential risk associated with extending access to something and sometimes little or no benefit in the extension, so the balance is way over to the wrong side.  I'm sure your surveys have said that people today think that security and hacking are the biggest problems with the Internet.  Why make the impact of those problems immeasurably worse without taking strong steps to solve them first?
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Nomi   The Internet of Everythinguseful   1/30/2014 10:38:27 AM
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@ Tom Nolle

Good concerns. However when there is a will there is a way , although the problems of security / hacking/privacy exists to a great extend in today's info tech life and without solving these issues in a beffiting manner this concept would be of no use. Howvere yes we should be optimist and this step is defintly an extra mile towards new dimension in internet world.

mejiac   The Internet of Everythinguseful   1/31/2014 3:28:17 PM
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@Nomi,

As mentioned, and I agree, security is a major concern.

But I do agree with your statement, "we should be optimist and this step is defintly an extra mile towards new dimension in internet world."

This could definitly re-shape they way things are done today, and possibly lead to a new era of how we see and meassure data consumption at all levels.
Susan Fourtané   The Internet of Everythinguseful   1/21/2014 3:47:33 PM
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Nomi, 

Minimize what kind of distractions? :/

People talked about distractions time ago, blaming the Internet and computers for their lack of concentration and focus, or even for their lack of discipline when having to complete a task.

They got distracted because the Internet was the new toy. And we all know that adults are like children in bigger bodies. Things have changed now because everyone got used to the toy, so those early distractions have disappeared.

Before the Internet people blamed television, and before that they probably blamed the radio. Today, the Internet is necessary for work, school, healthcare, banking, business and personal communications, etc. 

-Susan
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The_Phil   The Internet of Everythinguseful   1/21/2014 8:42:56 PM
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I guess we always need a scapegoat to make us feel like we "want to" get things done, but there's a 'distraction' that slows our progress. Most people know that if you NEED to get something aka deadlines, you will, so it's a cop out.
Nomi   The Internet of Everythinguseful   1/22/2014 2:42:48 PM
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@susan

Today, the Internet is necessary for work, school, healthcare, banking, business and personal communications, etc. 

 


You are right to extend but my point of concern regarding distraction is that creation of such kind of internet which is only made up of useful thing would be helpful in minimizing the distraction / distractive computing . However if you are ignorant of the fact that there is no distractive computing now a days than I think the concept of internet of everythinguseful may not be validate in true letter and spirit. 

Sara Peters   The Internet of Everythinguseful   1/28/2014 2:51:27 PM
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Okay question for everyone. How do you personally define "everythinguseful"? If there was one thing you could connect to the Internet that isn't already, what would it be?
zerox203   The Internet of Everythinguseful   1/31/2014 5:31:23 PM
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Thanks for this, Tom. We hear 'The Internet of Things' going around more and more, and the truth is that it's ultimately just another buzzword. As true as it is (and as awesome of an age as this is to live in), there's nothing tangible that seperates tomorrow's 'internet of everything' from today's 'internet of most things' - it's just the number of devices connected and in what contexts. It's worth taking some time to look at exactly how these devices are connected, and whether or not those connections are meaningful.

You're right to point out, for example, that there's nothing magical about connecting something that wasn't connected just because it's associated with this buzzword - it's simply opening a network connection like any other, and it has it's benefits and it's drawbacks. In fact, there are bound to be unique kinds of risks and drawbacks that we're not used to (IE security, as you mention), possibly tipping the balance. Maybe everything will be connected someday, but there's no need to rush it - and indeed, doing so may only cause problems and slow us down in the long run.
Tom Nolle   The Internet of Everythinguseful   1/31/2014 7:01:21 PM
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Absolutely, zerox203.  The value of something, ultimately, is going to decide the impact, not how pretty a picture you can paint for it!

 
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batye   The Internet of Everythinguseful   2/6/2014 4:41:04 PM
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thank you Tom interesting... but we are living in the new reality... where is no privacy... so to say...
Tom Nolle   The Internet of Everythinguseful   2/6/2014 4:58:22 PM
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I try to be as uninteresting as possible, Batye; it's the best defense!
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batye   The Internet of Everythinguseful   2/6/2014 5:08:18 PM
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Good Point, Tom :)
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