Internet of Things

Joe Gregorio

So while everyone was losing their minds over the addition of the word twerk to the Oxford Dictionaries Online, I'm actually more upset that the Internet of Things was added with the wrong definition, or at least an incomplete definiton.

a proposed development of the Internet in which everyday objects have network connectivity, allowing them to send and receive data

The first definitions of the Internet of Things I heard was from Bruce Sterling and it went beyond just having network connectivity, it was about lifecycle management, tracking objects from cradle to grave. Now I understand that the ODO tracks popular usage of a term, and that literally everyone is using the term wrong, so the wrong term gets added to the dictionary (did you see what I did there?). I'm OK with the simpler definition being added to the ODO, but it unfortunately means that we don't have a word for the richer definition of the Internet of Things, which is an important concept that we shouldn't lose sight of.

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