The Innovators Evening Lecture Series is intended to provide networking opportunities and create a forum where interested members of the energy efficiency community can have access to innovators in the industry who are transforming the marketplace. These monthly, conversational presentations are intended to discuss “big picture” opportunities for change from the speakers own viewpoint and encourage an exchange of new ideas.
Wikipedia defines the internet of things (IoT) as, “…the network of physical devices, vehicles, buildings and other items—embedded with electronics, software, sensors, actuators, and network connectivity that enable these objects to collect and exchange data…resulting in improved efficiency, accuracy and economic benefit.”
Will a world where everything is connected to a network improve our lives in meaningful ways? Will the gains in efficiency, accuracy, and economic benefits be shared across multiple levels of society? Who will collect the data associated with the networked objects we use and how will they use it? Can the IoT improve public and personal services, reduce resource consumption, and deliver a smart home or are we facing a world of competing and incompatible protocols, security risks, and poorly designed products that will result in the internet of annoying things you dont really need? Join Allison Arieff and Alan Meier for a conversation on the promise and perils of the internet of things.