Successfully reported this slideshow.
We use your LinkedIn profile and activity data to personalize ads and to show you more relevant ads. You can change your ad preferences anytime.

Welcome note to Futurodesign Lab from Gerald Santucci


Published on

  • Be the first to comment

  • Be the first to like this

Welcome note to Futurodesign Lab from Gerald Santucci

  1. 1. Welcome note to Futurodesign Lab from Gerald Santucci Head of Unit "Enterprise Networking and RFID" at European Commission."After the PC and the Internet, a third wave of communicationstechnologies is rapidly emerging with person-to-object (and vice versa)and object-to-object communications. The so-called Internet of Thingsenabled by wireless and contactless technologies is pointing out a new erawhere everyday objects will become readable, recognisable, locatable,addressable and/or controllable via the Internet. By 2020, there will beon Earth some 7 billion humans, 70 billion connected devices (including100 million robots), and 70,000 billion things potentially indexable andinterconnectable. This new "proletariat" of objects capable oftransmitting information about their status, performance and usage willinteract with people and social networks. The Internet of Things willbecome an inherent part of our economic environment such as electricitydistribution, utilities management, water resources management, oil/gasdistribution, transportation, healthcare. It will also contribute to solvetwo of todays most challenging issues: energy and health care. Therefore,the Internet of Things is heralding not only a new technological paradigmbut also the dawn of a new societal paradigm as new forms of collaborationamong people and things will profoundly change the way the economy and thesociety operate. For the economy, the Internet of Things will bring adisruption - only companies that are able to exploit this new potentialwill survive. For the society, it will impose a new "social contract", notonly among humans but also among people and objects. The current policychallenges - notably security and privacy - will not wear off, far fromit, but will require radically new approaches summoning up both technologyand regulation. And new challenges will surely emerge, in particularethics - what is the place of humans in a new society where thinkingobjects dominate and gradually conquer their autonomy? The EU and Russiahave much in common to analyse and address the Internet of Thingschallenges and opportunities. We can learn from our common culturalheritage - for example Cervantes, Rousseau or Voltaire and Gogol, Tolstoyor Tourgueniev - to better understand how the new society will emergefrom the reshuffling and redefinition of the human and social values thatthe Internet of Things will generate. We can also bring together ourexceptional scientific heritage, especially in mathematics and economicsciences, to invent the new business models on which our future economieswill thrive. A dialogue is necessary to anticipate the changes looming onthe horizon and, through it, make that our shared legacy takes also theform of a common destiny for the well being of our citizens." More info and registration at