Late last year I wrote an essay for The Futures Centre's annual publication, The Long View, about an "IoT for all". It was recently published both online and in a lovely print magazine (which you can order). In the piece, I described how those developing products and services need to take a wider view of the people, contexts and problems for which IoT can play a role. The particular focus was addressing the crisis of impending climate change, but the point applies much more broadly. I mention Thingclash as one tool that can help explore a wide range of needs and unanticipated frictions on the way to building a more inclusive, valuable IoT.
A brief excerpt:
"If we’re going to meaningfully address and maybe even solve the deep structural issues we face, the inequities that plague much of the planet, and reach the sustainability targets that will allow our societies to see another century, the IoT is the kind of light-weight, distributable, connected technology that can help us right now and in the future.
But it can’t if it’s only focused on the needs of 1% of these societies, or, at worst, creates additional problems we will need to solve down the road."
We plan to do more writing and thinking along these lines in coming months. Share your thoughts with us as well.