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The Internet of Things (The Internet as DIY connectivity for people and things)

Bob Frankston
Developer of VisiCalc, Home Networking Pioneer and IEEE distinguished speaker is giving a talk for the IEEE Consumer Electronics Society and I would like to cosponsor it for our Meetup group. "The Internet of Things" is not directly a Data Science topic but it certainly has implications for Data Science. Here is the abstract of his talk:

The Internet is exciting and has been transformational in many ways. But to fully understand why it has been so, it is necessary to revisit “communications” theory and recognize that the Internet is a sharp departure from the idea that speech, AKA communicating, is something inside channels. That's the old paradigm. With the Internet as the new paradigm the meaning, and the value, is entirely outside the channel.

In this talk we look at how the concept underlying the Internet was discovered as we learned how to interconnect computers using any available means without depending on network providers. Without this dependency we were able to concentrate on the task at hand rather than the third parties along the path. This has strong implications as we look at connectivity as a resource. We no longer need to pass messages using a different infrastructure and protocol for each application.

To fully realize the opportunity of the Internet (and connected things) what’s needed is borderless connectivity without gatekeepers in the path. We need understand the history of the Internet as DIY from the edge. We can get “more Internet” or, more to the point, create opportunity by funding the facilities we use in much the same way we fund common infrastructure such as sidewalks and roads.

Here is the schedule:
6:30 pm: Networking, Food and Drinks
7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Presentation by Bob Franston
8:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Q&A and Networking

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  • Mike M.

    Just finished reading a great book, "The Big Switch", on the topic of cloud computing as a utility. http://www.nicholascarr.com/?page_id=21

    1 · April 21, 2014

  • Colleen

    Good information. I wish there had been more time for the group to discuss more about the implementation of Bob Frankston's ideas. Even if the "pipes" become a public good of sort and information is monetized at the end points, the pipes need to be maintained. Even if we said government could own these pipes, let's not forget that the government itself can become a cartel as it is in some countries.

    March 23, 2014

  • Matti S

    fyi - We've got date and location lined up for Big Data Camp LA - Date June[masked], at Direct TV. We are currently making arrangements for presentations. Michael feel free to drop me a line and join us in the planning.

    March 21, 2014

    • Michael F.

      I would love to be involved. How can I help?

      March 23, 2014

  • Duy N.

    Interesting talk that offers a concise overview of the state of the 'Internet of things'

    March 22, 2014

  • Michael F.

    Not Exactly a Data Science talk, but interesting and entertaining. It was a privilege to hear from a pioneer like Bob Frankston.

    March 22, 2014

  • Ruohai Wang (.

    Could you offer us the parking information?

    March 21, 2014

    • Michael F.

      Park in the structure under the football field. The entrance is on Walnut between Glassell and Center. Buy a permit for $2.00. The permit machine is at the south end of the lot, opposite from where you enter.

      1 · March 21, 2014

    • Ruohai Wang (.

      Thanks Michael

      March 21, 2014

  • Martin M.

    In other things IEEE and Big Data related, IEEE just added a "Big Data Optimized Newsletter" starting Feb 27, 2014: http://news.computer.org/ef1/preview_campaign.php?lf1=551747917f714816075059e17859339

    1 · March 3, 2014

  • Lynn L.

    I am sick and changed my RSVP to 'no', so there should be two spots open now for those on the waiting list

    March 21, 2014

  • Joy C

    so sorry to cancel my RSVP....my Dad had surgery and I need to go down to San Diego to see my parents.

    March 20, 2014

    • Michael F.

      Dear Joy - I hope your Dad is OK.

      March 20, 2014

  • Michael F.

    Since this is a joint event with the IEEE CE Society, Please sign up at the IEEE EventBrite site (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/internet-of-things-tickets-10795067337), in addition to your RSVP on the Meetup.com site, to make sure we have an accurate count of participants.

    March 16, 2014

  • David N. S.

    I look forward to attending.

    March 4, 2014

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