Does the Internet of Things Know Us Better Than We Do?

Radiocasts | October 13, 2016 by Bonnie D. Graham

The buzz: “I think cell phones were invented by the devil.” (Joe Hill, NOS4A2)

As we carry our mobile devices with sensors everywhere, we generate a flood of data with staggering implications.

According to futurist Yuval Noah Harari, with enough data and computing power, computer systems will understand humans better than we know ourselves (Financial Times 8/26/16). “We are already becoming tiny chips inside a giant system that nobody really understands.”

The experts speak.

John Akred, Silicon Valley Data Science: “Today we are witnessing a new revolution, this time of “data natives” who expect their world to be “smart” and seamlessly adapt to them and their taste and habits. While digital natives were most concerned with what they can do with technology, data natives are more concerned about what that technology can do for them.” (Monica Rogati)

Gray Scott, SeriousWonder.com: “Your visions will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.” (Carl G. Jung)

Doug Freud, SAP: “We interact with screens 90% of our waking hours. The result…a colder, more isolated, less humane world…we are less happy.” (David L. Rose)

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