Response to Radical Technologies – The Internet of Things

I had many emotions while reading Radical Technologies - The Internet of Things chapter. The chapter deals with the complexities of the scale of the Internet of Things. Beginning at the personal level, then home, and city. Each level has pros and cons, most issues I had not taken a moment to think about and even immediately changed my thinking and actions. I also emailed OpenTable to deactivate my account after reading that they take a dollar for each dining patron. That would be money that would go directly to the restuaurant when it's just as easy to call the restaurant directly to make a reservation.

I have not bought into the biometric sensors. Of course, it comes with an iPhone which I've had since the iPhone 3GS version. There is simple biometrics offered there, but I rarely track them, and as far as I know, they live on my phone and are not uploaded to a server somewhere. However, after reading this chapter, I am probably incorrect in my thinking.

When it comes to the Internet of Things of the home, I have none. I'm not too fond of the thought of an entity listening to my every conversation in my house. I have dog/housesitting gigs where they have these devices, and I always ask if I can turn them off while I am there. When speaking about the Amazon Dash Button, the author says, "you get your detergent on time, yes, but Amazon gets so much more." This statement refers to all the data sold to others about the purchase. I'm surprised that so many people are okay with this at the cost of this convenience and privacy.

I find the Internet of Things in urban areas fascinating. I feel this is far less nefarious when compared to home or personal biometrics. At this level, the general public has less say as to what is tracked. The author mentions that "some party has arrived at a reasoned judgment that the cost of deployment is likely to be outweighed by the potential future value of the data collected, even if it's not yet clear what that value is." In essence, that "party" is collecting data for the sake of collecting data.

The Internet of Things can be powerful and has the potential to be helpful if used wisely. I certainly agree with the author that we must approach "smart cities" with great caution.


Response to CES 2020

The Cosmo Connected Helmet has the most “right now” need for me. I use a rudimentary helmet while riding my bike around Los Angeles. I will undoubtedly be looking to upgrade that in the future. I love that helmet has to brake and turn signaling capabilities. It certainly is more easily interpreted by car drivers to know what the bicyclist is about to do moreover than hand gestures. The best part of this helmet, though, is the wraparound glasses that feature a heads-up display. Having this feature would be amazing with navigation. Added features for safety include crash warnings that would automatically notify emergency services and send the location of the accident. Truly amazing and a huge “piece of mind” device.

I could see this helmet with the wraparound glasses be pushed further by enabling connectivity with Google Maps. Navigation could automatically choose the best route for biking like protected lanes, and strict bike lanes. These are the safest for bike riders. Another possible feature could locate bike parking areas, which are not always easy to find.