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The Internet of Everything. Machine-to-Machine. The Internet of Things. The Industrial Internet. A new language is emerging to describe a fundamental shift in the tech landscape.

First used in 1999, the term “Internet of Things” was coined by Kevin Ashton, a P&G brand manager, who went on to MIT to start an RFID research consortium. Now, intelligence is getting distributed more and more broadly across the social and business landscape, as sensors measure and observe phenomena from the temperature of our bedroom to the state of a chemical plant to the pace of our heart rate. Meanwhile, data storage is practically free, so all this accumulating information can be saved, even if sense cannot be made of it immediately. Software, both industrial and as apps in the hands of individuals, is enabling rapid advances in analysis and control of the physical world. Our lives are and will be changed.

Techonomy, a conference and media group devoted to understanding the cascading implications of tech’s influence across modern life, hosts this Techonomy Lab as a forum to advance our collective understanding of the opportunities and perils of this new world. Industry veterans like Gordon Bell will engage in dialogue with new entrepreneurs like Alex Hawkinson of SmartThings and industry leaders like Facebook mobile boss Cory Ondrejka and Cisco Chief Futurist Dave Evans.

Blog Entries by Techonomy

Launching the Internet of Everything One Startup at a Time

(0) Comments | Posted May 17, 2013 | 11:23 AM

By Andrea Ozretic

With our May 16 Techonomy Lab: Man, Machines, and the Network in Menlo Park this week, we look at five startups delivering connectivity to consumers in various aspects of their lives.

BERG Cloud of London pivoted from design consultancy to cloud service...

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Why an Internet of Everything Event? "It's the World Waking Up"

(0) Comments | Posted May 14, 2013 | 12:47 PM

By David Kirkpatrick

What inefficiencies frustrate you in your day-to-day life? What could work better about your home and the things that surround you--your car, your commute, your job, your health care, your aging parent's physical situation, or your local government? Entrepreneurs and innovators are beginning determinedly to...

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Seeing the Business Opportunity in Malnutrition

(0) Comments | Posted November 13, 2012 | 4:08 PM

By Adrienne J. Burke

Leave it to a technology innovators' conference to frame the relief of global malnutrition as a business opportunity. Other sessions at this week's Techonomy meeting in Tucson described how technology is transforming developing communities and how mobile devices are already ubiquitous in Africa. But...

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Super Youth at Techonomy: What Drives the Tyle Brothers to Succeed

(1) Comments | Posted November 13, 2012 | 11:25 AM

By Adrienne J. Burke

How do you raise two sons who will make enough money by age 30 to ensure you have a very comfortable retirement? Tell them their youth is no barrier to achieving. Take them on vacations to developing countries where their imaginations can run wild...

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Where's My Robot?

(21) Comments | Posted November 13, 2012 | 9:22 AM

By Sarah Evelyn Harvey

Who's your biggest competition for that new job? Turns out, it could be a robot named Baxter.

This humanoid robot, created by Rodney Brooks and his team at Rethink Robotics, is easy to program and costs $22,000. Brooks imagines that users...

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Techonomy 2012 Asks: Can Geo-Engineering Help Lower the Earth's Temperature?

(5) Comments | Posted November 12, 2012 | 4:30 PM

By Sarah Evelyn Harvey

Just weeks after Hurricane Sandy ravaged the east coast, climate change was on the forefront of everyone's minds at Techonomy 2012 in Tucson, Ariz. In a session about geo-engineering, Harvard physics professor David Keith and Harvard Kennedy School research fellow Andrew Parker talked about...

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The Internet's Fantastic Four: How Google, Amazon, Facebook and Apple Rule the Web

(4) Comments | Posted November 12, 2012 | 1:55 PM

By Sarah Evelyn Harvey, Techonomy Contributor

Google, Facebook, Amazon, and Apple: four Internet companies that are, arguably, the best of the best. They're global goliaths that leave little room for competitors in a fast-growing online world. At the Techonomy conference outside of Tucson, Ariz., an afternoon panel explored...

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Kurzweil at Techonomy: Artificial Intelligence Is Empowering All of Humanity

(52) Comments | Posted November 12, 2012 | 9:47 AM

By Adrienne Burke, Techonomy Contributing Editor

If you know electronic synthesized music, you know the work of Ray Kurzweil. But the MIT futurist and transhumanist has many more inventions to his name than electronic keyboards. He's also developed a cult following for his prediction of the merging of...

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