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...]

One-Third of World Spam

With the arrest of Oleg Nikolaenko, the young Russian responsible for billions of spam messages each day, the world is wondering what it would be like with one-third less spam. There are over 250 billion email messages sent each day. With 86,400 seconds in a day, that’s about 3 million email messages a second.  Conservatively, 80% is spam.  That means that 2.5 million emails each second are spam.  Many of those emails are caught by spam filters, but the spam that makes it to inboxes still cause major problems.  Spam is profitable and despite the repeated warnings, people still click on spam. Ordering pharmaceuticals or fake Rolex watches from spam hurts you in two ways. First, they take your money for the item and you get an empty box if you get anything at all.  And second, you can be highjacked and become part of the botnet.  A botnet is like the Borg for computers. Your computer … [Read more...]