Computing pioneer Alan Kay had some advice in the 1980s that Steve Jobs clearly took to heart: "People who are really serious about software should make their own hardware." Enough said, right? Kay's prescience came to mind again when Google recently announced it was buying Nest, maker of the smart home thermostat, for $3.2 billion.
That's not pocket change, and it's prompted the digerati to proclaim once again that hardware is the new software. And they're absolutely right. The Internet of Things has gone mainstream. Here are three predictions on what it will do to the way you work:
Rise of the 'Thingernet'
Until now, the conversation around the Internet of Things, a neologism that imagines a future dominated by machine-to-machine communications, has been a low murmur--at least outside of tech circles. But with Google's acquisition of Nest (and its $13 billion buyout of Motorola before that), that buzzing has been amplified into a full-blown chorus. We're no longer talking about automatic syncing between a smartphone and a computer or the on/off switch on a Bluetooth device. It's becoming increasingly obvious that the Internet of Things (or, "Thingernet," as The Economist calls it) is rapidly changing the way we, as humans, interact. Just as important, the Internet of Things is fundamentally reshaping how we work.
Via Denis Pennel