WELCOME to the Science Of IoT—where we establish the first founding principles of a new science of Intelligent and Connected Things.
The IoT would seem to be a very big deal. Indeed it is claimed that within 20-30 years, over 1 billion Things will be connected to the Internet. Doubtless the technology soothsayers are correct—and the IoT will revolutionise almost every area of human life—in the process changing the way(s) that we humans perform business, educational and leisure activities.
But many questions arise. What will this new era of programmable Things be like? Which new capabilities will be enabled—and how will our lives change as a result? Will the IoT limit us in certain detrimental ways—and/or affect our fundamental freedom(s)?
What are potential dangers of the IoT revolution—such as reduced/compromised privacy and security – rendering the IoT dream into an IoT nightmare?
Unfortunately, often the negative aspects of a new technology are not clear at first—but rather emerge later on—and perhaps when it is too late to do anything to correct or reduce the impact(s) of the same.
Ergo, vigilance and carefully monitored design goals—plus managed technology trajectories—would seem to be the best way to proceed. We must develop IoT solutions that avoid the big dangers and negative potentials that such a powerful new technology could foreshadow. Rather we wish to provide truly humanistic benefits for all of human kind. Put simply, everyone must have the opportunity to profit from the IoT revolution.
Herein, whilst we do acknowledge the existence of significant dangers within the boundaries of the emerging and highly technical field of IoT; it is our belief that application of the scientific method—consisting of a combination of empirical observation and logical reasoning—must always play a significant and foundational role in any IoT scenario whatsoever. QED.
Accordingly, we seek to establish a foundational framework for the entire field of: the Internet of Things; and by means of logical, integrated and holistic perspective(s)—combined with use of the scientific method.