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The Internet of other people’s things

Conceptual and Regulatory Challenges

Meg Leta Jones

This chapter is an essay about the future, and as such, it is speculative and optimistic. The future is connected, populated by smart things, people and places. The Consumer Electronic Show 2015 was full of smart devices, from consumer drones to auto-adjusting beds. A number of startups are creating new forms of connectivity. Not just information technology companies are players in the smart future; companies like General Motors and Whirlpool are adding intelligence and autonomy to existing technologies like cars and washing machines. We are quickly creating an environment not full of more screens of different sizes, but one of tangible, ambient computing. As Boo-Keun Yoon, President and CEO of Samsung Electronics, stated flatly, ‘It’s not science fiction anymore. It’s science fact’. This chapter takes the present one step further into a near future wherein these systems are widely used and interconnected—a future without screens.