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PeterF028
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5/27/2015 | 12:29:51 PM
Pending challenge
Bottom line: not everything needs to be connected in the IoT that we are envisioning. However, I would argue if its possible to gain insight through any data collected, even a dumb item may prove somewhat useful. Of course, the challenge in connecting SOOO many things will be that it will create noise that in many instance lacks significant benefit.  Should be fun watching this space grow. Peter Fretty, IDG blogger working on behalf of CSC
Ariella
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Ariella,
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5/27/2015 | 11:55:24 AM
Re: Ugh...
<Again - I'll beat my drum here - just because we CAN put sensors on everything doesn't mean it is a good idea.> Just so you don't feel like you're playing solo, @GAProgrammer, I'll chime in with, I agree 100%
GAProgrammer
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GAProgrammer,
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5/15/2015 | 3:37:03 PM
Ugh...
Ignoring the dogmatic beating of the climate change drum here and in the comments, most of these don't have any practical applications. The model doesn't do what you claim - it just shows that all of those things CAN be connected. My car doesn't need to connect to my irrigation system. Why does my house even need to know that my car is approaching? Are people really that lazy that they can't push a button for a garage door opener and turn on the lights when I get home (if I even need to - my family may already be there). I laugh everytime I see most of the hype for the "connected home", since most of the use cases are based on a single person living there!

However, I agree with the title of the article at least - we have to decide what is worthwhile and what we are amenable to being monitored for. The potential for abuse of this information is appalling - insurace companies jacking rates based on ACTUAL behaviors, the social engineering that governments could implement (already worse than the current transfat/sugar/smoking/texting in place) by taxing or penalizing citizens that don't comform, forcing citizens to ration electrical power because some politician sets an arbitraty limit...the list goes on. I am not saying we should be fearful of the possibilities - but we also can't be willfully ignorant of the consequences. You don't have to look any further than the US education system or the national debt to see what happens when we do things without acknowledging the conequences. 

Again - I'll beat my drum here - just because we CAN put sensors on everything doesn't mean it is a good idea.
Thomas Claburn
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5/14/2015 | 6:15:30 PM
Re: Creating a Smart Ecosystem
The retrofitting is a big deal among consumers. Rewriting light switches and replacing outlets is too much to ask most people.
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5/14/2015 | 1:50:54 PM
Creating a Smart Ecosystem
While sure, a lot of these technologies might not seem to have a ton of practical applications beyond the novelty of being able to talk to them, I love what this technology is heading towards.  One of the biggest issues of our generation is climate change, and we could definitely look to the IoT world for practical solutions that not just help us conserve energy by learning more about our day-to-day patterns, but also leverage new technology that help to reduce the overall energy usage by looking at the overall picture of how we live, rather than point products that address one or two areas (such as smart thermostats etc).  The problem right now is that a lot of retrofitting has to be done in many cases to adapt our homes and businesses to be more "smart", although it looks like we are starting to see some great solutions such as magnetic light switches that convert older electrical to support newer technology.


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