Visiting The Internet of Things

The Internet of Things (IoT) is how analog systems (people) will thrive in a digital world.  People are amazing creatures.  Our analog brain is wired for all sorts of human things.  Often we can recognize loved ones with just a word or a single movement.  We can tell if people are being honest or deceptive by quickly analyzing complex facial and body movements.  We are constantly monitoring our environment and respond quickly to subtle changes.  We receive continuous input from our senses, organize vast amounts of sensory data and make continuous decisions based on millions of pieces of analog data. We are miraculous, wonderfully analog but have trouble in a digital world. The term The Internet of Things coined by Kevin Ashton in 1999 has become a widely-used to describe things that can be  cataloged by computers.  Digital systems use discrete data in processing.  In computers, we … [Read more...]

Should Information on the Internet Be Free?

Information is an essential resource for any decision, but some data is more valuable than other.  Information that is current, accurate, scarce or can be used to make high value decisions is quite important and therefore, expensive. When data loses its timeliness, accuracy or scarcity, it loses its value.  This is not a new concept, but the Internet has changed the perception. Research on the Internet is so much easier than going to the library and digging through stacks of books.  Information on the Internet is easily accessible, but you have to check its authenticity and correctness.  Books in libraries have more validation by the fact that they made it to the library shelf.  There is no guarantee that the information in library books is correct and authentic, but there are facts about the author, publisher, copyright and sources that give some credibility to the work.  Information … [Read more...]