I've become a fan recently of TED Talks. This weekend I was watching "Nicholas Negroponte: A 30-year history of the future". It's an interesting watch for anyone that's been in tech for a number of years -- showing glimpses of the early days of GPS, Google Glass and more.
But what caught my eye (or more accurately ear) was his statement starting at the 10:20 mark where he says "I look today at some of the work being done around the Internet of Things, and I think it's kind of tragically pathetic."
To illustrate his point, he talked about people taking the oven panel or door key and putting it on your cell phone, just bringing the interface to you. His argument was that this is exactly the opposite of what you should be doing, it's actually what you don't want.
He says what you really want is to be able to put a chicken in the oven and have the oven say "aha, it's a chicken" and know how to cook the chicken. In fact, it should know that it's cooking the chicken for Nicholas and know his preferences so that it prepares the chicken the way he likes it.
He laments that the intelligence is starting to move away from the device to the cell phone for example, or closer to the user. He views this as "not a particularly enlightened view" of the Internet of Things.
I thought this was a very thought provoking statement as we are at the early stages of the Internet of Things. There are a lot of decisions to be made about where the intelligence should reside in order to radically change the value that products and services can deliver.
Intresting perspective in an interesting journey through the last 30 years of tech. Worth a watch (the entire talk is about 20 minutes).