STAR DATE: 10.3.2014.
I’m kidding. Kind of. I just stumbled on something really weird and . . . I don’t know. Maybe it really has been around for a while and maybe it truly is The Future, but I’ve never heard of it. Not until today, this evening, whilst searching the plain ol’ net for . . . something. Actually, I can’t recall. Stocks? Where to put your money, not that I have any. . .
Back to it. So there I was, mindlessly surfing away, and I found this–for lack of a better word–thing. Or concept. Or maybe it’s more of a trend. A business plan. No, a service. Service agreement? An integration of our stuff and The Cloud (whatever the hell that is). . .
They call it the “Internet of Things” and it’s important. I think. Really important, but I don’t quite get it. A lot of people do, though. There are web sites dedicated to it, discussing the merits of it and not just the merits, the probability that this “Internet of Things” thingie is going to overshadow today’s internet in ways we cannot fathom; that we, right now, are standing on the cusp of the thing that is going to change our world as we know it.
The Internet of Things is THE NEXT BIG THING.
And it’s already here. I found a website for AllSeen Alliance ( https://allseenalliance.org/ ) a non-profit organization already boasting 70+ member companies including big guns like Sony, Panasonic, and Microsoft, and smaller companies I’ve never heard of, like MOXTREME, Ping Identity, octoblu, muzzley, SHASPA, and twobulls–all these companies, working together (!!!) to develop and share (!!!) software code that will
“. . .enable all the ‘things’ in the Internet of Things to work together.”
All the ‘things’? Working together? Seriously?? Wow.
But what does that really mean?
I’ve been trying to wrap my head around that question. I read and reread AllSeen’s mission statement, which includes this goal: to work toward the widespread adoption/acceleration of “development and evolution of an interoperable peer connectivity and communications framework . . . for devices and applications in the Internet of Everything.”
Interoperable. Peer connectivity. A communications framework.
For our stuff. For stuff our stuff does. For our cars and watches and light bulbs and phones, our shoes, books, pill bottles, hip replacement hardware, socks, refrigerators, medical histories, our selves–our bodies. Our environments. Our biological footprints. Can you imagine? Everything connected to everything else in a meaningful way. It truly is incredible.
But I’m not . . . quite . . . grasping. . .