What is the "Internet of Things?"

The video below, from IBM's Smarter Planet blog, is a fascinating glimpse at what the future of the internet might look like, when interconnected things begin to outnumber interconnected people. ReadWriteWeb has also given a lot of attention of late to the Internet of Things, including a post called 8 Ways to Better Understand the Internet of Things, and startups like thingd and stickybits are aiming to exploit the current explosion in smartphone usage by reducing the friction inherent in trying to annotate the world's "stuff." What does it mean when IBM talks about a "smarter planet?"

When we talk about a smarter planet, you can say that it has two dimensions. One is to be more efficient, be less destructive, to connect different aspects of life which do affect each other in more conscious and deliberate and intelligent ways. But the other is also to generate fundamentally new insights, new activity, new forms of social relations. So you could look at the planet as an information, creation and transmission system, and the universe was hearing its information but we werent. But increasingly now we can, early days, baby steps days, but we can actually begin to hear the planet talking to us.

Watch The Internet of Things.

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