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As I started writing this blog, I happened to be watching an episode from the new season of Black Mirror on Netflix. Black Mirror is a Sci-Fi anthology series, ala the Twilight Zone, although with a much darker perspective on both humanity and technology. I found the episode, ‘Most Hated in the Nation' somewhat apropos to my topic. The episode follows a police detective investigating the apparent murder of a columnist. This individual has been deluged with social media hate diatribes that would seem familiar to many. As the investigation continues, more mysterious deaths occur, with the victims all being targets of similar social media anger. Meanwhile, in the background, there are various news stories and visual cuts to ADIs (Autonomic Drone Insects). These tiny bee-like drones are being deployed throughout the country to replace the dying bee population, allowing ... (more)

IoT and #BigData – Who Owns All the Data? | @ThingsExpo #IoT #M2M #API

Internet of Things and Big Data - Who Owns All the Data? We've been doing it for years, decades for some. How many websites have you created accounts on? Your bank, your credit card companies, social media sites, hotels and travel sites, online shopping sites, and that's just the start. We do it often without even thinking about it, quickly entering our personal information, our data, in a plethora of systems. Sometimes we're not even aware of the information we are providing. It could be very personal information (think of the security questions you provide answers to for prote... (more)

Digital Disruption | @CloudExpo #IoT #M2M #BigData #DigitalTransformation

Digital Disruption - The Whole Is Greater Than the Parts Imagine if you will, a world where technology is changing at breakneck speeds. Where new technology hype seems to know no bounds. You see words floating in front of you. Cloud. Mobile. Big Data. Internet of Things. Machine Learning. Blockchain. The words fly towards you, circling. They seem to be saying something. ‘Use me'... "No, use me.'. Confusion seems to abound. At the sign post up ahead, your next stop, the Disruption Zone! Okay, I will admit, maybe it's a little hokey, but tell me, sometimes doesn't it feel like you ... (more)

Musings on the Internet of Things: I Am Now a ‘Thing’ | @ThingsExpo #IoT #M2M #API

Musings on the IoT: I Am Now a ‘Thing' I suppose I should explain. As many of you who have read my articles and posts the last few years already know, medical devices in the Internet of Things is topic that is near and dear to my heart. Literally. For over 10 years, I have had a pacemaker (see my piece The Internet of Everything - It's All About the ecosystem). But until last week, I was not a ‘thing' on the internet. Given the age of my pacemaker, I actually have to go in to the doctor's office for them to read information off of it. Last week, my cardiologist placed an insert... (more)

Blockchain as a Service | @CloudExpo #Blockchain #IoT #Bitcoin #Ethereum

(Note: This is part of a continuing series of posts dedicated to the topic of blockchain technology.) The cloud wars rage on. The room is full of 800lb gorillas that have been battling over market share and supremacy for several years now. You know who the key players are - Amazon, Microsoft, Google and IBM - all still standing.  Three year ago, Gartner described the market as ‘still evolving and maturing'.  However, last year, they described the market as ‘in a state of upheaval' with many providers shifting their strategies as they struggle to obtain market share. Pricing bat... (more)