[NetBehaviour] Internet of Things....Research Opportunities onEPSRC funded Project]

Pall Thayer pallthay at gmail.com
Thu Jun 25 00:49:55 CEST 2009

I don't usually worry much about surveillance. My life's more or less
an open book but this story scares me a bit. I can just imagine a
group of Apple employees, huddled around a bunch of screens with a
million red dots moving around on a Google map of the world:



On Wed, Jun 24, 2009 at 10:15 PM, james morris<james at jwm-art.net> wrote:
>>shop, store and share products. The analogue bar code that has for so
>>long been a dumb encrypted reference to a shop’s inventory system, will
>>be superseded by an open platform in which every object manufactured
>>will be able to be tracked from cradle to grave, through manufacturer to
>>distributor, to potentially every single person who comes into contact
> great! more surveillance!
>>with it following its purchase. Further still, every object that comes
>>close to another object, and is within range of a reader, could also be
>>logged on a database and used to find correlations between owners and
>>applications. In a world that has relied upon a linear chain of supply
>>and demand between manufacturer and consumer via high street shop, the
>>Internet of Things has the potential to transform how we will treat
>>objects, care about their origin and use them to find other objects. If
>>every new object is within reach of a reader, everything is searchable
>>and findable, subsequently the shopping experience may never be the
> great! even more surveillance!
>>same, and the concept of throwing away objects may become a thing of the
>>past as other people find new uses for old things.
> Wow man, I'm glad all these technical boffins come up with such
> fantastic ideas... Just a pity the Wombles[1] beat them to it.
> [1] http://www.tidybag.co.uk/
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