“We humans have indeed always been adept at dovetailing our minds and skills to the shape of our current tools and aids. But when those tools and aids start dovetailing back — when our technologies actively, automatically, and continually tailor themselves to us, just as we do to them — then the line between tool and user becomes flimsy indeed.” – Andy Clark
We are on the verge of witnessing something akin to the invention of the wheel, as epic as fire and space travel and the rapid convergence of two systems that will cause an evolutionary leap for human kind.
It is the Internet of Things.
Now that we are extending intelligent sensors into everyday objects, Jason Silva says these objects will have agency and when all of these objects talk to one another and give us feedback the world is going to become intelligent and responsive.
“Now we are going to be able to anticipate our needs, the world is going to feel like an extension of our mindedness. When everything becomes linked with everything else – matter becomes mind.
When the tools and aids start talking back the loop will be finished, we would have fully spread our minds into the Universe – this is the Internet of Things
It promises to essentially blur the distinction between self and world
You think this is way in the future? Think now
Aimed at helping to prevent SIDS, the Mimo monitor is a new kind of infant monitor that provides parents with real-time information about their baby’s breathing, skin temperature, body position, and activity level on their smartphones.
Sensors inside equipment can monitor if any parts need a service and automatically sends reports to owners and manufacturers. Early predictions on equipment malfunctions can be made with parts and service maintenance can be automatically scheduled ahead of a an actual part failure. Think of the implications for everyday items like washing machines, fridges, ovens & cars.
In Japan driverless taxis will be operational from 2016 in an experiment with that could be fully commercial by the time Tokyo hosts the Olympics in 2020. The taxis will take about 50 residents of Fujisawa from their homes to supermarkets in journeys of about 3km. Robot Taxi – a collaboration between ZMP, and mobile internet firm DeNa If the Fujisawa trials are successful, the cars could be used to ferry spectators around at the 2020 Games and in rural communities with little or no public transport.
Get the picture?
Gordon Hiu, HBR says that for organisations, the IOT is so impactful and so fundamental we need to be thinking now about what our businesses will be, what we can offer when the physical world is merged with the virtual world and potentially every physical object can be both intelligent and networked.
We need to be moving towards web-based business models because when things are networked, that has an impact on how value and services are offered. It will no longer be for example the manufactured product that is the focus, but rather the web-based service that people access through that device.
The value being created does not come from the oven, washing machine or from the fridge but from the benefits that those connected devices enable. The internet of things isn’t about the “things”. It’s about service. And that idea is revolutionary.
Micheal Chui , McKinsey Quarterly March 2010 wrote there were early warnings for companies. He stated that business models based on today’s static information architectures would face major challenges. For example when a customer’s buying preferences were sensed in real time at a specific location, dynamic pricing may increase the odds of a purchase.
Knowing how often or intensively a product is used can create additional options—usage fees rather than outright sale, for example. Manufacturing processes studded with a multitude of sensors can be controlled more precisely, raising efficiency. And when operating environments are monitored continuously for hazards or when objects can take corrective action to avoid damage, risks and costs diminish. Companies that take advantage of these capabilities stand to gain against competitors that don’t.
As a result he says a completely contrasting business model, operating structure and culture is required. For the Internet of Things to emerge, they will collide in traditional organisations
One of the biggest obstacles will be that traditional functional departments, traditional top down ways of work wont and cant meet the needs of an IoT business model.
They must evolve or die.
Within companies, big changes in the information architecture will have massive implications for organizational structures, as well as for the way decisions are made, operations are managed, and processes are conceived.
In a previous article, Something In The Water, before I had heard about the Internet of Things, I wrote about Carl Jung’s Collective Unconscious theory. Collective unconscious coined by Carl Jung, proposes to be a part of the unconscious mind, expressed in humanity and all life forms.
He distinguished the collective unconscious from the personal unconscious, in that the personal unconscious is a personal reservoir of experience unique to each individual, while the collective unconscious collects and organizes those personal experiences in a similar way with each member of a particular species.
So back then I posed a question – is the web exposing and transforming our collective unconsciousness to a global collective consciousness?
The human collective consciousness seems to be wide open and wanting to connect to others and before the web we lived in relatively isolated individual worlds.
Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee in his blog said that the web is a new model of universal consciousness in which knowledge is readily available to anyone, anywhere. We have instant access to a unified body of knowledge and the potential for interconnecting with everyone else who is on the web.
The unified connectivity presented by the web has been long known to the mystic, who in meditation has access to a dimension of oneness in which everything is simultaneously present, and all knowledge is accessible.
The experience of samadhi, or super-conscious state, happens on this plane of oneness. But the Internet presents a model of a unified consciousness that is accessible on a more physical plane, to anyone who has access to a computer.
The web is not a hierarchical structure and is globally democratic and you can see it changing and it carries the blueprint of its potential—a consciousness and interrelationships that has no barriers of nationality or geography.
It is present everywhere at the same time.
He believes that we as a species are evolving and that through the expanded web of individual relationships throughout the planet – like a cellular structure – is coming alive and will continually make new connections.
It is possible to ponder that as these connections of both knowledge and people andnow devices are made – will evolve to make further connections in a way similar to how the individual brain activates and accesses information.
And here it is
At a critical point then will the interrelationships and flow of information come alive and begin to function as a unified field? When a unified level of consciousness on a global level is activated.
The full flourish of this technology promises to essentially blur the distinction between self and world. The entire world will have mind in it. Its how the cognitive phliopshers David Chalmers and Andy Clarke used to say, we’ve always been adept at dovetailing our minds to tools, but when our tools start talking back, the loop will be finished. We would have fully spread our minds into the universe
This is the internet of things
This is why it’s a game changer
And this is why it absolutely rattles my imagination
So read up on it right?
David Silva – Shots of Awe