by Hans-Jürgen & Stefan
The Internet of Things & Services: Renaissance Re-Born
Does time feel accelerated?
[by Hans-Jürgen Kugler]
Do you have the feeling that time accelerates
? Have you noticed? Everything around us changes
. And it changes ever faster. And now we have the Internet of Things promising even more change! But isn’t the internet already a key driver for this unprecedented change? Why should we want more? How can we cope with this?Let us answer the last question first: by leading the change in the direction we want
. This must not be interpreted as “keep status quo at all costs”. No, human evolution and history are made up of changes. And these changes did not always happen in similar timescales. We argue that by looking at turbulent times of the past we can get a feel for the historical time dimension, and not try and see everything in quarterly financial drumbeats. This “bigger” picture of the development of our society can help us set longer term visions for sustainable improvements of society and provides a better foundation for the decisions that will have to be made. We invite you to step back and reflect on the current development of the internet and its impact on society. Let us look back at “space ship earth” from an external vantage point a hundred or more years from now.
Society? The Internet of Things is a technological system, a suite of products and services that will make life a bit more comfortable and ensure creation of shareholder value! Yes, the Internet of Things & Services (we prefer this term, more about that later) is a major driver for technological development and will dramatically change products, services, and markets. Significant technological developments have always had profound impact on shaping society. This is exactly why we are looking at these impacts from a historical perspective. And we have to ask which society we want to live in the future. The Internet of Things is appearing at a time when the virtues of communities are being rediscovered and the sustainability of common resources is gaining attention. The power of open source software communities like Linux have inspired many people to bring this everywhere, e.g. Wikipedia or YouTube. These are private communities, initiatives by people sharing a purpose in a self-managed and self-funded way. These are what we refer to, not the political or business organizations (or fragments thereof), which often have community as mere part of their name.
These communities challenge the ruling dogma that people focus only on their own advantage and not that of society [Smith 1776
]. New scientific insights support this challenge to the foundation of capitalism as we know it. These insights come from recent advances in neurological research, in social sciences, in biology, in physics and bio-physics, and in many other disciplines. The conclusions challenge many current dogmas of science, economy, politics, and religion. Whilst many of these “waves” may have technological origins, the cumulative effect can change society. Into this “groundswell of movements”, of individual waves, comes the Internet of Things. It is more than the internet we know — it goes beyond empowering people to communicate and collaborate. The Internet of Things can connect any product or service. And it automatically links what might emerge as a result of this collaboration — interact even without human intervention. One does not have to be a visionary to see that the Internet of Things will revolutionize the business world. The location of resources for development, production and operation will become largely irrelevant, allowing to really “think global and act local.”
State of Create Study
Now imagine the groundswell of individual waves using the Internet of Things to synchronize and turn into a tide. If emphatic communities drive the development, deployment and operation of the Internet of Things, then this technological development can be used to truly democratize the productive resources
of humans and our spaceship earth. This result is what we call Internet of Things & Services
. With this we have the ability to change our society beyond our wildest dreams. And if we learn from history to try understand long term effects at timescales beyond a single generation, then we can openly lead this change rather than stumbling along without a frame of reference.
In our opinion the historical period with the most striking similarities is the European Renaissance starting around the 14th century. The Renaissance heralded the end of the medieval society. Today, we are also in the transition to a new society based on purposeful communities: the transition from the knowledge or information society to the creative society. The Second Renaissance has begun.
We are writing a series of articles expanding on our ideas and conclusions to date. Whilst we have a number of topics, which we want to cover in more detail (see next article), we are not slaves to our own agenda. Feedback, discussion and other forms of contribution will hopefully clarify our thinking and enrich the lessons we can learn. We will also set up a list of topics for discussion in the future. These topics can be commented on and volunteered for.
Call for Participation
We therefore ask all scholars, artists, practitioners, students, from all walks of life, to join us, to set up this movement, to transcend our individuality by realizing “I am what I am because of who we all are.”