The Internet of Things Picks UpWhere Woodstock Left Offby Yacine BaroudiThe “internet of things”, the sweeping tech revolu...
The Internet of Things Picks Up Where Woodstock Left Off — Yacine Baroudi                                                 ...
The Internet of Things Picks Up Where Woodstock Left Off — Yacine Baroudi                                                 ...
The Internet of Things Picks Up Where Woodstock Left Off — Yacine Baroudi                                                 ...
The Internet of Things Picks Up Where Woodstock Left Off — Yacine Baroudi                                                 ...
The Internet of Things Picks Up Where Woodstock Left Off — Yacine Baroudi                                                 ...
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We are only at the beginning, it is estimated that 99% of things in the world are still not connected. The social media revolution in a silo has come and passed.Using the lure of democratized information access andproduction, it has huddled the masses online; promising totalfreedom of expression, of the people, by the people for a new tomorrow. ‘Social’ did jump start the Internet of Things (IoT) and is now an integral enabler of our lives in both form and substance. The “internet of things”, the sweeping tech revolution we are living, is as scary to many as it is exciting to some. This revolution may even have in store,dreams come true. For baby boomers they are dreams from pasttimes, for the Gen X and Millenials amongst us they are only recounted. Either way they are dreams of power. The flowerpower kind; albeit an upgraded one. Take a read and let me know your thoughts.

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  1. 1. The Internet of Things Picks UpWhere Woodstock Left Offby Yacine BaroudiThe “internet of things”, the sweeping tech revolution we are living, is as scary to manyas it is exciting to some. This revolution may even have in store,dreams come true. For baby boomers they are dreams from pasttimes, for the Gen X and Millenials amongst us they are onlyrecounted. Either way they are dreams of power. The flowerpower kind; albeit an upgraded one. In a post Occupy world, organizations everywhere shouldcontemplate the themes that flooded the undercurrent of one ofthe greatest consumer uprisings in recent history — Brian SolisThe social media revolution in a silo has come and passed.Using the lure of democratized information access andproduction, it has huddled the masses online; promising totalfreedom of expression, of the people, by the people for a newtomorrow. ‘Social’ did jump start the Internet of Things (IoT)and is now an integral enabler of our lives in both form andsubstance.Mobile connectivity, initiated the internet’s push back fromdesks and couches into the wild. And the Internet of Things only accelerated itsexpansion ever since: TVs, cars, homes and even glasses have been hooked back up tothe ‘almighty’ cloud. If those mundane objects can have a life, why not the billion othersin existence? Why couldn’t every existing thing be shrouded in a digital layer and,virtually be made alive. What will those things tell us about our very selves and ourenvironment then? How could ‘listening’ to those things, make our lives better? Easier,faster, maybe even fairer, healthier and richer.“Everywhere we go in the world, the things that we come across aren’t intelligent. Like this wall that I’m looking at, it’s just separating the room from the other side. In actuality, that wall should be intelligent. The next 10 years [will be] nuts.” — will.i.am from the Black Eyed Peas , Intel’s Director of Creative InnovationThe digital shrouding of things is the revolution we are living. This, is thenew frontier to be conquered.
  2. 2. The Internet of Things Picks Up Where Woodstock Left Off — Yacine Baroudi —2—The Hippie movement peaked in an unsustainable haze of psychedelic rock,sexual excesses and altered states of consciousness, on the backs ofcannabis, LSD and magic mushrooms. It culminated, at a music festivalnorth of New York City, in a small country town called, Woodstock. But itbehooves us to note the similarities and the differences that might justmake the Internet of Things closer to fulfilling the similar promise of a newworld.Our world is a reflection of ourselves, thus the revolution has long beencoming. Complete with dreams of change and power. What implications onour desires, aspirations and ability to effect change on our world? To whatextent will dreams of a new world, be now enabled by technology? “If we had computers that knew everything there was to know about things —using data they gathered without any help from us— we would be able to track and count everything, and greatly reduce waste, loss and cost.” — Kevin Ashton , RFID father, coined the term “Internet of Things“ — Yesterday — Today — Tomorrow —We are only at the beginning, it is estimated that 99% of things in the world are still notconnected. According to @CiscoSystems’ very own futurist, Dave Evans aka @DaveTheFuturist, we’re now entering the Internet of Everything (IoE) era. Cisco recently estimated the impact of IoE at a very respectable $14.4 Trillion . In February, Le Web 2013 announced its subject: “Digital Hippies: Create a New Sharing Economy“. Le Web is a forward looking, large tech conference taking place every year in Europe. The event’s organizers are usually right on the money when it comes to foreseeing online and digital trends. This time, it is touching on a rather “soft” point, aiming at the substance of the digital revolution, rather than its form.
  3. 3. The Internet of Things Picks Up Where Woodstock Left Off — Yacine Baroudi —3—Although this year’s subject wording is not fortuitous, Loic Lemeur aka @Loic and LeWeb’s founder, is quick to distance his organization from the flower power movement inhis video announcement.  I’ll grant him that today’s undercurrent has considerablyevolved over the past 50 years.— Yesterday —The original flower power movement started in the 1950s, withthe beret-wearing beatniks hailing from New York and itcontinued with the hippie movement in the mid-1960s. In thevery Mecca where the current digital revolution has its roots:San Francisco, California.The first known use of the word hippie was in 1965, accordingto the Merriam Webster dictionary. The term is thought tohave originated from hip, which some attributed to hipi, aword in the West African Wolof language meaning “to openone’s eyes”.In his 1964 autobiography, Malcolm X referred to the wordhippy as a term African Americans used to describe a specifictype of white man who “acted more Negro than Negroes“.Harry Gibson, a boogie woogie virtuoso of the time who claimsto have first coined the word  hipster, certainly fits thatdescription in this video .Today’s geeks that fuel the construction of the Internet ofThings, can certainly be qualified as hipsters. Their eyesopened, by the prospect of dust speck-sized sensors, to the possibilities of the new worldahead.  Where their ancestors, in internet-time terms, used conscience alteringsubstances to “open their eyes”; today’s hipsters are using technology to do the same,making the ideal goal of a new way of life far more sustainable and reachable.As a testimonial to these hipsters aspirations, suffice to look at a recent Accenture studythat shows men and women no longer defining career success by the amount of moneythey make. Putting work-life balance — ahead of money, recognition and autonomy;more than half of those surveyed report to have turned down a job offer because of thepossible effect on their work-life balance. This aspiration is certainly not new but now,technology is enabling and empowering these hipsters to demand it as an element of abetter quality of life.
  4. 4. The Internet of Things Picks Up Where Woodstock Left Off — Yacine Baroudi —4—— Today —In many aspects, today’s rekindled dreams of power, live in a world where karma fearingand forward payments are ways of life. Anyone spending any amount of social timeonline can attest to the ever-growing ‘karma religion’, illustrated by themyriad motivational messages and quotes shared that run the range of corniest to mostinspirational. Conversations about positivity, the strive to help and the obligation to payit forward, seem more socially acceptable today. Conversations on the subjects abound,in contexts as disparate as selling apps to building real estate businesses, to fightingcancer, to getting rich, to saving theworld from climate change. Listen towine-loving-business-man-social-media-celebrity-thank-you-saying-advocate, Gary Vaynerchuk aka@GaryVee.Questions come up as to where thisundercurrent is stemming from: is itthat humans have a basic good naturethat has recently been enabled bytechnology? Or it is the endemicoxytocin addiction? More specifically: 1. Has all this need for positivity always existed? If we believe the above good-natured assertion, probably to a certain extent. Was it brought on by our recent superability to connect with each other? Maybe it started with, and continues to feed on, the surge in oxytocin brain levels brought on by the use of social media. Oxytocin is a brain chemical called cuddle hormone or trust molecule, responsible for empathy. Will we all progressively turn into oxytocin-addicts, oblivious to the realities of our physical world? Sort of like the 60s’ hippies were? Floating to the demise of their ideal of love, equality and acceptance, in a psychedelic haze of rock, sex and drugs? Or… 2. Are we slowly progressing towards a better functioning world enabled by technology? A world pressured to change from all sides by the failures of its fundamentals and the power of a Metcalfed technology. Failures pooled from the depth of individual minds to the surfaces of the social web. A world with new values and yardsticks, a world of de facto win-wins for starters. A world where technology, the Digital Revolution and the Internet of Things and Everything, all
  5. 5. The Internet of Things Picks Up Where Woodstock Left Off — Yacine Baroudi —5— together expand the human brain abilities beyond its strictest primal needs, enabling more productivity and effectiveness, new ways to pronounce judgments and make decisions for a better quality of life.— Tomorrow —Time will tell. One thing is for sure: the internet of things is changing expectations and ifexpectations change, behaviors will change as a result. Amy Cuddy, a social scientist, inher recent  TED talk  demonstrates that expectations affect behaviors and behaviorsaffect outcomes. She concludes to not mean “fake it until youmake it but until you become it“.Our behaviors are, to a large extent, affected by what weexpect there to be in store as a result, thus affecting ourachievements in turn.Thus if we agree that the desire to change one’s world is inpent up demand, will pooling these expectations over thebillions of technology-enabled connections establishingthemselves everyday, be the world changing tipping force?So far, Millenials’ concerns seem in line to somehow, affecttheir environment on a deeper level. In 2007, cancer, animal rights and education weretheir top causes. This year, education, ending poverty, and the environment are theirkey concerns according to The Intelligence Group . Will their sustained digital activismvia a mobile device, from the comfort of distance from inconvenience, effect realchange? Or will their noise drown and weaken disparate actions, occurring over too longof time periods? If we are to believe @DaveTheFuturist, the ubiquity of technology may trump willpower and bridge that gap. “They [Millennials] actualize their most important values and stand behind them with every thing they do to bring about change.” — Altimeter Group’s Brian Solis aka @BrianSolis in this Forbes article Since human behavior always defaults to the least amount of effort, expectations and thus behaviorsand achievements, will continue to shift;  further compounded  by  the increasingomnipresence of the Internet of Things.Expectations will shift from searching for a product or service or even for an ideology ora cause; to expecting to being somehow engaged about it, whenever the need arises orbehavior calls for it. As a result, it will be even less about which organization is the
  6. 6. The Internet of Things Picks Up Where Woodstock Left Off — Yacine Baroudi —6—loudest or even the most engaging. It will be about the one that’s smartest aboutknowing its community, and maintaining in place the right triggers to activate the mostrelevant engagement, at the most appropriate time. Picture the shift in businessbehavior this will demand. Picture the need in listening and analytical power required.Picture also the level of relevance the current way of doing business has.To conclude and underscore the magnitude of change we are living; if two inthree Millennials believe a person on a computer spreading the word, can createmore change than a person on the street, rallying or protesting.I wonder: what makes them so sure? Is that belief factual? Is it a some type of faith? Inwhat? Technology only? Or is it simply the oxytocinaddiction speaking?I wonder:  How will the omnipresence of a techshroud on all existing things, affect a population thatnot only increasingly report not identifying with anyreligion (Pew Research Center) but alsooverwhelmingly  believe, and across political partylines, in themes eerily reminiscent of cliches fromthe 1960s?Will.i.am is probably right ‘ The next 10 years [willbe] nuts ‘. To be continued…Survey | A Generation in Transition: Religion, Values, and Politics among College-AgeMillennials — Public Religion Research Institute — Click for details.

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