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CES 2014: Cisco's Internet of Everything Vision

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.'

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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aquabella
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3/9/2014 | 4:57:13 PM
The smarter The devices get the Dumber we get....

Looking at my Grand Children sitting with Ipads, Smartphones, Tablets, Laptops, I asked them a simple question. Do any of you know How to whistle... The reply was Why would we want to whistle.

Answer from me is Because we Can. You might not never need to but believe it or not we can.

Looking out the window it was a Nice sunny day outside a Little cold and still snow on the ground.

I asked them all to come outside with me and lets play in the snow. My 3 Grandchildren said why they are having fun on their Devices...

I then grabbed a small ball and a bag of small pretzels and asked if any one wanted to play JAX. what is that Grandpa. They all went back to Laptops cell phones and Tablets Fast... I started playing JAX on the table Eating each pretzel I got picked up... They asked if they can have some... They can have the ones that they pick up as JAX.....

MY POINT IS as our technology gets smarted Our children are getting Dumber...

Who Built the world wide web.... Did they play JAX... DID John Chambers Play Jax. did Bill Gates Play JAX.... Did anyone 35 and older in the Industry Play JAX.... MY guess is YES... what will the world become when MY Grandchildren Get Older and ready to get into Living Life... what do they have to look forward to when they can not even enjoy a simple game of JAX... Hop Scotch. Kick Ball, Hullahoops Even Kick the Can.

The thing that is Missing Mr. Chambers is OUR CHILDREN... In My Case Grandchildren....

you want to look at the Future. Spend a week at an Elementary School THEY NEED YOUR HELP.

you will be lucky if you live the next 20 years I know I will not....

But My Grandchildren will be... so you want to make them Dumber and Let the DEVICE think for them Let the Devises Monitor there every move from Brushing Teeth to Making every Choices for them...

The INTERNET OF EVERYTHING  aka IoE will just Make us all Dumber... make us even Lazier than we are now....

How will this help our kids be Smarter. we need to work on our future OUR KIDS

Matt Adragna

54 yo Grandpa Living in Maine

PS: We all Played Jax with the pretzels until they were all gone... Unfortunatlly they all went back fast to Laptops Iphones and Tablets as soon as they could/

 

Lorna Garey
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Lorna Garey,
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1/14/2014 | 1:30:09 PM
Re: Bigger Picture
Agreed, Rob. The Watson commercials are particularly good I think. What surprises me most about  this Cisco CES event is that it features Silverman. I find her mildly amusing, but she's not exactly a safe, "corporate" choice - quite the contrary. She has the potential to get Cisco the exact wrong kind of mainstream publicity. 
Li Tan
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Li Tan,
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1/13/2014 | 10:51:04 PM
Re: city or company
I would appreciate IoE for end-user product instead of service provider, government agency or any 3rd party stuff. The personal information security is already of big concern nowadays. I cannot imagine if we are surrounded by smart equipments with IoE built-in without knowing what they are doing there...
Thomas Claburn
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Thomas Claburn,
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1/13/2014 | 7:45:40 PM
Re: city or company
>In the end, if IoE is done right, I think it can be profoundly positive-- but if it's not done right, we could have profound results of another sort.

I would suggest that the issue is best framed by asking who is being served. If it's the product owner, so much the better. If it's the service provider or some other third party, there's a problem.
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cbabcock,
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1/13/2014 | 7:11:36 PM
The value of the network goes up the more you put on it.
We used to say the value of the network goes up as more people become part of it. Now we say, the value of the network goes up the more nodes -- people and devices, and systems to anlyze people and devices -- are on it. Chambers is just expanding the old Sun Microsystems mantra about the value of the network.
WKash
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WKash,
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1/13/2014 | 6:57:25 PM
Public sector benefits
Interesting to note that Cisco released a study just before Chambers' talk, projecting the public sector (including the defense and education sectors) could potentially generate $4.6 trillion in savings and new revenue streams worldwide over the next 10 years.  But having the ability and collecting on it are two different things.

 
ChrisMurphy
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ChrisMurphy,
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1/13/2014 | 5:43:44 PM
Re: too much talk , not enuff action
I agree we've been hearing some of these dreamy examples for ages, like automated health monitoring that remains a distance dream. But it's a mistake to dismiss the big idea because some examples are failing. Listen to ConocoPhillips CIO talk about using sensor data from gas and oil wells to optimize performance (audio link below). The big change was being able to collect data every minute, instead of daily, and the company estimates some wells can get up to 30% performance as a result.

Here's that link to our CIO interview:

 

http://www.informationweek.com/radio.asp?webinar_id=72

 
MichaelK403
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MichaelK403,
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1/13/2014 | 4:58:17 PM
The sky's the limit
Where there's value and benefit for mankind, we should all get behind this!  As many above have already stated.  Let's try to be sure we use our collective innovative and collaborative powers for Good, not Evil!
mdbco
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1/13/2014 | 3:35:55 PM
IOE
Trade off,

Evolutionaqry internet on the way

Any surveys as to:

INVESTMENT

TIME FRAME

PAY BACK OR RETURNS

Get something /Give something

Nate

 
Laurianne
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1/13/2014 | 12:12:21 PM
Re: Security
The recent retail store data breaches add credence your concerns. If the tech industry hasn't gotten that part of security right (how many years ago was the TJ Maxx breach?), how ready are we to take on the security of Cisco's highly-interconnected vision?
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