In January, I attended the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
Much of the talk among economists and business leaders focused on austerity, inequality, and other anxiety inducers. There was, however, a set of more optimistic conversations going on that can be summed up in three vowels: IoE, or the Internet of Everything.
Networking giant Cisco Systems estimates that in 2000 there were about 200 million "things," mostly computers, connected via the Internet. Now the number is about 10 billion, from smartphones to climate-control systems to sensors on truck pallets.
As cloud storage, mobile computing, and data analysis expand, Cisco CEO John Chambers argued at Davos, we'll experience an even bigger transition in how many "things" are connected to the Internet -- nearly everything -- and in how they work.
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Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc