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The Internet of Things & Services: Renaissance Re-born?
The Internet of Things & Services is a major driver for technological development and will dramatically change products, services, and markets. It not only empowers people to collaborate, but any product or service developed by people — or those emerging from such collaboration. The technology will definitely change business, but the social implications will change our society beyond our wildest dreams.
My long term friend and wise spiritual “brother” Hans-Jürgen Kugler and I have discussed several future scenarios with the IPRC team over a series of six workshops in 2005. We developed one scenario called “Embedded Software Rules”,
“It’s 2020. Most people don’t need a computer anymore, because physical devices they use daily have the intelligence needed to achieve the desired tasks. Embedded software is so prevalent that Embedded Systems and Software (ESS) Inc. is the world’s largest employer: It has a work force of about 1 billion people.” [IPRC Book, p. 91].
which suggested that the “embedded world” might be the stronger party. Today, we rather doubt this assumption. The embedded world tries to work under the paradigm of control both in the product system architecture and the company organization. The organizations forming the internet ecosystem are based on openness, flexibility, and collaboration, which appear to be the stronger qualities for the future.
Since then, Hans-Jürgen and I over and over again discussed the implications of this scenario. But it took additional six years and Rob van Kranenburg‘s strong encouragement to write them down and share it with you via the IoT Council. Now it is up to you to enter our discussion on the new blog 2renaissance.org.