The Internet of Things

Business Week has an interview with British Telecom’s resident futurologist Robin Mannings:

Welcome to the so-called ‘internet of things’ which will replace today’s internet of people and data. Everyday items from TVs to toothbrushes, sports equipment and even buildings will have in-built computing power and wireless that will allow them to communicate and share information.

Current rollouts of RFID tagging will be dwarfed by the future development of sensor networks, according to Robin Mannings, BT futurologist and research foresight manager.

He told silicon.com: “RFID is just the tip of the iceberg and the iceberg is ubiquitous computing – more or less everything being a computer.”

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