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The Internet of Things (IoT): Living in Glass Houses

internet.of_.things_2x299.jpg“Predictable pathways of information are changing: the physical world itself is becoming a type of information system. In what’s called the Internet of Things, sensors and actuators embedded in physical objects—from roadways to pacemakers—are linked through wired and wireless networks, often using the same Internet Protocol (IP) that connects the Internet.” – McKinsey & Company

“Things talking to things.”

Globally, it’s called the “Internet of Things (IoT).” Systems giant Cisco is looking to be THE leader in this arena by using their own brand in simply calling it the “Internet of Everything” (IoE).

This Internet of Everything is quite literally what it is claiming to be … a global communications network in which ALL things are connected to that network. In a 2013 report released by Cisco, estimates are that, by 2020, “a nearly nine-fold increase in the volume of devices on the Internet of Things” will be a reality. “These  figures will translate to a $14-trillion industry,” predicts Cisco CEO John Chambers.

Realtime, here’s how it translates according to a Cisco blog posted on July 29, 2013, “How Many Internet Connections are in the World? Right. Now.”

“Right now, in 2013, 80 things per second are connecting to the Internet.  Next year that number will reach almost 100 per second, and by 2020, more than 250 things will connect each second. Add all of these numbers up, and we believe that more than 50 billion things  will be connected to the internet by 2020.”

It’s little wonder, as I wrote in my 2000 book entitled “The Embedded Internet: The Final Evolution,” that “the day will come when the Internet is attached to everything you touch and everything that touches you. We are about to become the most transparent world in history!”


Embedded Internet: More Connected Homes, More Problems

ImageOne survey recently reported that there are currently over 10 billion objects connected to the Internet. These are predominately mobile devices such as tablet computers and cell phones. By 2020, the survey says, there will be more than 30 billion such connections coming mostly from smart home connections via the machine-to-machine communications via the Internet of Things.

The evolution of the embedded Internet is creating a rich playground for those who would breach the security of such devices, and security experts are greatly concerned.
Technology Review, Aug. 13, 2013

Ingestible, Implantable, or Intimate contact; How Will You Take Your Micro-scale Body Sensors

Computer chips and silicon micromachines are ready for your body.  It’s time to decide how you’ll take them: implantable, ingestible, or intimate contact.  Every flavor now exists. –

Wireless connections creep into everyday things

Wireless connections creep into scooters, trash bins as ‘Internet of Things’ gains momentum

“The first wave of wireless was all about getting people to talk to each other on cellphones. The second will be getting things to talk to each other, with no humans in between. So-called machine-to-machine communication is getting a lot of buzz at this year’s wireless trade show. Some experts believe these connections will outgrow the traditional phone business in less than a decade.”

Hello world!

                       Welcome to OUR TRANSPARENT WORLD blog.

This is where we bring attention to the topics surrounding the disappearance of privacy in exchange for “convenience,” “security,” and, of all things, “public service.” This is not a drum beating activist site, but rather a reporting site that brings transparency to transparency — in other words, public awareness to the vulnerabilities latent to today’s pervasive technologies. A 21st century re-visitation to George Orwell’s “1984” and Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World,” if you will. A world in which secrets are no longer secret, and there is, quite literally, no place to hide.

“You have zero privacy anyway. Get over it,”  Scott McNealy, Sun Microsystems’ CEO, openly and  brashly declared in 1999.

ComputerWorld magazine (April 1999) carried a series of ads that reported how the day would come when we would all be “seamlessly linked” to the Internet. “Not as a collection of websites or in a battle for eyeballs. But as a catalyst for the service-based economy. The next chapter of the Internet is about to be written. And it will have nothing to do with you working the Web. Instead, the Internet will work for you.”

That is where we are today. Always on, always connected — always there! And that’s where the rub is. “Always ON” does not necessarily translate into always hidden. “The ability to establish a digital trail is unlike anything we’ve had so far in history,” noted Constance Bagley, a law lecturer at Stanford University, in a Business Week “Special Report: Privacy” in 1999.

Today, those trails are transparent and transcending … making McNealey’s proclamation a true cultural model.

In this blog, we will bring transparency to transparency. A lot has changed since the late ’90s relative to the seeping loss to privacy … and we’re not talking about online activity exclusively. But, with the recent expansion of the Internet addressing system from 4.5 billion addresses (IPv4) to 340 trillion trillion trillion addresses (IPv6) … plus advancements in the world of micro-tagging and biochipping … everything offline eventually ends up online.

We will review myriad sources that span decades of predictions and recent days of real-time revelations. Welcome to Our Transparent World!