The Internet of Things – Planting The Seeds of Change

Posted: February 27, 2012 in citizenship, memory, newmedia, space, technology, time
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Let me first of all state that my intention here is NOT to discuss how teenagers today are spending their leisure time (although the video could – and dare I say should – encourage such debates). The point here is rather that this odd scenario may not be that far fetched – all thanks to the internet of things.

The internet of things is steadily changing our lives, how we relate to the entities around us, whether they are animate,  or material – organic or manufactured. As a matter of fact, Ericsson has already produced a prototype of a talking tree, which tweets out messages as an effect of registered changes in the electromagnetic field around it:

Now one would think that this has to mean something more than a mere digital conversion of that crazy tree-kid’s nightmare. And it is. New innovations within infrastructure engineering and the internet of things are now taking the first steps of turning whole cities into “living” environmental-responsive organic eco-systems.

By integrating software systems into buildings’ rainwater catchment systems watercompanies are now able to empty basins according to weather predictions, calculated by means of the internet. This is just one of many new innovations that effects the way we interact with our environment. In short, it means that almost any piece of information that is obtainable qua the internet can be utilized for operational and interactive purposes, in any part of the city – indeed the world.

Check out the blog and the links below for more examples of an interactive, interconnected city.

References:

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=how-the-internet-of-things-is-turni-2011-12

http://telecomlead.com/inner-page-details.php?id=5753&block=Tower

http://www.theinternetofthings.eu/content/internet-things-and-noosphere

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