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11/17/2015
02:01 PM
Brian Moore
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Comic: Internet Of Annoying Things

By the time the hype dies down, maybe the Internet of Things will be a reality.

This is where we are in the hype cycle.

Brian Moore is a cartoonist and illustrator. His first brush with the world of IT was a very part-time gig applying software patches on a TRS-80 Model III. The patches were about four lines long and arrived in the mail, typed on letterhead. He has since moved on to computers ... View Full Bio
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Technocrati
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Technocrati,
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11/17/2015 | 4:43:33 PM
IoT Meeting : What am I doing here ?

Really nice depiction of technology concepts run amok.   How many non-techies would sit through this ?

jastroff
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11/17/2015 | 7:02:05 PM
Re: IoT Meeting : What am I doing here ?
not even sure techies will sit through it at the "billions of connections" level
Broadway0474
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Broadway0474,
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11/17/2015 | 9:49:21 PM
Re: IoT Meeting : What am I doing here ?
What the flowchart is missing are the dollar signs. No discussion of IoT is complete without mentioning the trillions in new economic value coming to us all over the next decade. Apparently.
Ashu001
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11/18/2015 | 12:05:20 AM
Re: IoT Meeting : What am I doing here ?
Broadway,

Equally important is who will sink in the Billions of New Investment essential to get the Whole IoT Wave of the Ground today.

Expecting Consumers to pay for everything is expecting too much today.

 
Gigi3
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11/18/2015 | 2:06:48 AM
Re: IoT Meeting : What am I doing here ?
"Equally important is who will sink in the Billions of New Investment essential to get the Whole IoT Wave of the Ground today. Expecting Consumers to pay for everything is expecting too much today."

Asish, the end sufferer or beneficiary is customers. All investments are eyed or inked with customers wallet !!
Ashu001
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Ashu001,
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11/19/2015 | 7:02:27 AM
Re: IoT Meeting : What am I doing here ?
Gigi,

Fair enough.

But what happens when Consumers are in no position to pay?

Then what?

This is the real question one has to answer here .
TerryB
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11/20/2015 | 12:40:46 PM
Re: IoT Meeting : What am I doing here ?
@Ashu001, I voiced the exact same thing on a previous article on IoT. I'm not willing to pay one more dollar for a refridgerator that I can access with my phone. Or a car that doubles as an entertainment center. My concern is before long we won't have a chance to vote with our pocketbook.
Gigi3
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11/23/2015 | 2:24:15 AM
Re: IoT Meeting : What am I doing here ?
"I voiced the exact same thing on a previous article on IoT. I'm not willing to pay one more dollar for a refridgerator that I can access with my phone. Or a car that doubles as an entertainment center. My concern is before long we won't have a chance to vote with our pocketbook."

Terry, companies has to market it with a different pricing model; more features at less price or in a pick to patch way; where you pay only for selected component/features. As of now customers are forced to pay in lumpsum for all the service/features together; irrespective of whether its required or not.
Ashu001
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11/23/2015 | 4:18:48 AM
Re: IoT Meeting : What am I doing here ?
Broadway,

Its good to see that there are even today Most Enlightened Consumers like yourself who think Twice before putting their hard-earned Money behind some new Toy which a Manufacturer tries to sell onto you in the name of a "Must-Have".

I for one believe in making sure all my Electronic Devices stick around for as long as possible by keeping them in reasonably good condition always.

And I also,don't believe in Buying stuff which I have no intention of using-Like ever.

My Laptop(A Workhorse Dell) which I have been using for 4 years is now starting to breakdown (Half the Keys don't work anymore),the Mouse stopped functioning a year back and nobody can really predict how much longer it will go on working.

My family have been pestering me to Get a New one for ages now and sure I can afford one but I plan to use this machine for as long as I can before spending any of my hard-earned Money to get a new one only when this machine breaks down totally.

In the mean-time,I can use my cash elsewhere or just for Building up my Savings pool further.

I know folks who have 6-10 Smartphones & 3-4 Tabs just lying around their homes not knowing what to do with them.

I take the opposite view.Would rather hold a Big Savings Pile rather than useless Electronics Junk which I never plan on using.

That simplifies Decision-making for me considerably.

Simplicity always works.No Doubts about that one is there?

Same goes for this IoT Wave also.

When I absolutely need something ,I go out and get it.

Not before and definitely not when some Advertiser tells me to get it as the "Next Hot Thing". LOL!!!

 

 
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11/24/2015 | 12:50:57 PM
Re: IoT Meeting : What am I doing here ?
@ Ashu001.  It will good if more people where like you;  unfortunatelly, in the U.S. people are bombarded with messages, "buy more", "the economy needs people to buy more".  Many people get used to accumulate things they do not need.  It is to companies' advantage for people to change their technology every 6 months, they make their money by people spending.   
Gigi3
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11/26/2015 | 11:33:45 PM
Re: IoT Meeting : What am I doing here ?
"Its good to see that there are even today Most Enlightened Consumers like yourself who think Twice before putting their hard-earned Money behind some new Toy which a Manufacturer tries to sell onto you in the name of a "Must-Have"."

Asish, I think everybody may think twice; if that's hard earned money and you have too. But when peoples are easily getting or sourcing money through other means without much effort, they can spend it easily or lavishly for unnecessary things too
Gigi3
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11/26/2015 | 11:36:15 PM
Re: IoT Meeting : What am I doing here ?
"My family have been pestering me to Get a New one for ages now and sure I can afford one but I plan to use this machine for as long as I can before spending any of my hard-earned Money to get a new one only when this machine breaks down totally."

Asish, the best thing about technology purchase is, if you wait more you then you will get a superior product at a better price. So don't worry you can buy the latest one !!!
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11/29/2015 | 7:40:47 AM
Re: IoT Meeting : What am I doing here ?
@Gigi3: By that logic if I want a pizza I would just wait for technology to make a robot that can read our thoughts and deliver pizza to me. But no. I agree with you. The thing about technology is it gets updated really fast in this time and age, and you have to upgrade along with it, which costs a lot of money.
Gigi3
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12/1/2015 | 11:24:03 PM
Re: IoT Meeting : What am I doing here ?
"By that logic if I want a pizza I would just wait for technology to make a robot that can read our thoughts and deliver pizza to me. But no. I agree with you. The thing about technology is it gets updated really fast in this time and age, and you have to upgrade along with it, which costs a lot of money."

Yalananda, of course cost is a faster.  The fact is if we wait for some time, can have the same technology for a better price; but may be outdated at that point of time.
yalanand
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11/29/2015 | 7:45:47 AM
Re: IoT Meeting : What am I doing here ?
I think with upgrading technology the Future Proofing is decreasing day by day, and this is not because of poor infrastructure. This is purely a game of economics and technical powerhouse politics. Who said the Apple 4S couldn't run the latest IOS (before 9)?
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11/29/2015 | 10:07:29 AM
Re: IoT Meeting : What am I doing here ?
I share your concerns Terry. I also fear we are in the minority and are going to get steamrolled by IoT devices whether we choose to or not. Just another on the long list of things that make me feel old on a daily basis...
StaceyE
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11/30/2015 | 10:43:29 PM
Re: IoT Meeting : What am I doing here ?
Terry, 

I completely agree with you. I don't understand the use of talking to my appliances with my smart phone. I guess it might be useful if I forgot to turn off the coffee pot, but I will not ever pay extra for it.
Gigi3
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11/23/2015 | 2:17:53 AM
Re: IoT Meeting : What am I doing here ?
"Fair enough. But what happens when Consumers are in no position to pay?
Then what? This is the real question one has to answer here ."

Asish, then only they learned lessons and will try to address customer concerns. He have seen many such corrections in past.
Susan Fourtané
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11/19/2015 | 3:38:01 AM
Re: IoT Meeting : What am I doing here ?
Broadway, that's right. Although I don't think the trillions are coming to "us." :D It's more like they are coming to them. -Susan
Broadway0474
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11/22/2015 | 10:16:34 PM
Re: IoT Meeting : What am I doing here ?
Ha, true enough, Susan. Unless you believe in the trickle down theory of economics, and then in maybe 10-30 years, the average person may see a few nickles come their way. Kidding aside, trillions in economic growth ought to benefit a heck of a lot of people ... you'd hope.
StaceyE
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11/30/2015 | 10:47:15 PM
Re: IoT Meeting : What am I doing here ?
One would hope it would benefit a lot of people...but we know how these things usually work out...
StaceyE
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11/30/2015 | 10:03:18 PM
Re: IoT Meeting : What am I doing here ?
I was thinking the same thing. If the techies stay its probably for a nap.
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11/18/2015 | 1:48:34 AM
Re: IoT Meeting : What am I doing here ?
There really are two separate IOT's. The consumer IOT enables your coffeepot to communicate with the refrigerator - we can live without this. But The Industrial IOT can be used to spot a common fault in a jet engine before a tragedy occurs, or to allow the designers of a multi-hundred million dollar power plant to observe it in real-time operation from a vantage point of anywhere in the world. Two very different things, I'd say.

 
Gigi3
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11/18/2015 | 2:09:34 AM
Re: IoT Meeting : What am I doing here ?
" But The Industrial IOT can be used to spot a common fault in a jet engine before a tragedy occurs, or to allow the designers of a multi-hundred million dollar power plant to observe it in real-time operation from a vantage point of anywhere in the world. Two very different things, I'd say."

Gary, such sensor network systems are already in place for high tech equipments or systems. But not under the label of "IoT"; just as an automation or Real time monitoring system. 
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11/18/2015 | 7:15:19 AM
Probably for the best
It's probably for the best we hear a lot about the IoT now, as once it's become the tour de force that it's expected to be, it's going to run so under the radar that it will be talked about less and less. That's how machine uprising start people, let's keep it in the forefront of conversation as long as possible!
TerryB
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11/18/2015 | 12:49:35 PM
Re: Probably for the best
At risk of being spoiler for people who have not seen movie yet, the latest Terminator movie has SkyNet happening as result of implementing some Big Brother social media system which can run anywhere, all the time. I'm not sure why the movie didn't call it "Facebook".  :-)
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11/29/2015 | 7:54:25 AM
Re: Probably for the best
@TerryB: They didn't call it Facebook because on Facebook you kill time, and Skynet kills you.
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11/29/2015 | 9:48:02 AM
Re: Probably for the best
You just officially made me interested in seeing the new Terminator movie. The thought of social media + skynet eventually bringing the end to all mankind is genius.
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11/18/2015 | 11:57:58 PM
Re: Probably for the best
Let the machines talk all they want, as long as they're not talking about us. On the other hand, people may stop talking about IoT because its fadishness wears out and the other catchy technology (perhaps the real working next-gen IoT) comes along.
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11/30/2015 | 10:34:40 PM
Re: Probably for the best
Knowledge = the power to stand against the rise of the machine!!!
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11/20/2015 | 6:09:29 PM
Understanding connectivity

 

If the IoT is not prioritized we may simply end up with connectivity that confuses us or increases costs without a lot of value, without some sort of roadmap it will take us nowhere.

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11/29/2015 | 7:42:58 AM
Re: Understanding connectivity
@Impactnow: I agree. People should be taught about IOT and why it is important today, because 5 years from now they would be seriously missing out some benefits just because they chose to be uneducated about IOT when the whole world was changing.
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