Sensor-equipped objects and their networks -- what Cisco calls the Internet of Everything -- will reshape your life, Cisco CEO John Chambers says. Take a closer look.
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Can IoE be trusted with personal data? Actress and comedienne Sarah Silverman made an amusing appearance, both in person and in a video, during Cisco CEO John Chambers' keynote. She sprinkled a few of her trademark obscenities into the presentation; when she dropped an f-bomb during the video, it was bleeped out, though her other choice four-letter words (as well as a seemingly off-script jab at Hollywood director Michael Bay's stress-induced breakdown during Samsung's CES presentation) ran uncensored.
But Silverman wasn't at CES just to entertain and shock; she also addressed one of IoE's major questions: Why should we trust companies with all of this personal data?
"[IoE is] measuring how much I poop?" she incredulously asked during the video, in which she conversed with a version of herself from an IoE-enabled future. But when present-day Silverman was told IoE services are less about scatological studies and more about her home automatically choosing movies, temperature, and music based on her mood, she still wasn't convinced.
"Now I'll get spam on my bathroom mirror!" she complained. "Is this even secure?"
"The network makes it secure, dummy," her future self replied.
Chamber did not specifically broach how this security will be implemented, but the video included references to users being able to opt in and out of services, and assurances that they would remain in control thereafter. Chambers reiterated the importance of this transparency, a point other Cisco leaders also have emphasized over the last year.
"You got balls, Chambers," an evidently reassured Silverman told the CEO after taking the stage. "Go out there, do your keynote thingy, and sparkle, peanut."
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