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<nettime> internet of things: launch of the thinktank council
kranenbu on Sun, 18 Oct 2009 07:20:10 +0200 (CEST)

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<nettime> internet of things: launch of the thinktank council

Greetings! Rob

The Internet of Things (IOT) is a vision. Yet it is being build today. The
stakeholders are known, the debate has yet to start. The European
Commission published its action plan for IOT in june of this year. In
hundreds of years our real needs have not changed. We want to be loved,
feel safe, have fun, be relevant in work and friendship, be able to
support our families and somehow play a role - however small - in the
larger scheme of things.

So what will really happen when things, homes and cities become smart? The
result will probably be an avalange of what at first looks like very small
steps, small changes.

Currently IOT applications, demos and infrastructure are rolled out from
negative arguments only. For logistics, it is anti-theft. For ehealth it
is the lack of human personnel that requires the building of smart houses.
>From a policy view it is the ensuring of safety, control and surveillance
at item level and in public space. For retail it is shelf space

Council thinktank aims to grow into a positively critical counterpart to
these negativities in focusing on the quality of interaction and
potentialities of IOT for social, communicative and economic (personal
fabrication, participatory budgetting, alternative currencies)
connectivity between humans and other humans, human and things and humans
and their surroundings.

The wrestling with ambient technologies - the noise - is rapidly going out
of corporate memory. A new young generation growing up at ease with
'total' connectivity, will enter IOT territory as simply another layer,
another iteration of something they are comfortable in.

Therefore the launch of Council will highlight a personal history of
locative media & hybrid spaces, by professionals of the i3 (Intelligent
Information Interfaces) days, as well as the latest tools and
applications, workshops on key issues short keynotes and time for debate
and discussion.

Where: Imal, Brussels
When:   December 4 2009  0930:2200 (public evening from 20:00)
Workshop 185 (including lunch and dinner)

Best be quick, only 80 places for the day program ( workshops)

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