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How We Will Connect To Our Networked Future in a Post-IoT World

Joe Paradiso (MIT Media Lab) opens the anniversary event 50 Years of Computer Science.

[Translate to Englisch:] Joseph A. Paradiso

On 8 November 2019, Computer Science celebrated its 50th anniversary at Johannes Kepler University Linz. Joseph A. Paradiso, Prof. Media Arts and Sciences at MIT Media Lab, USA, opened the event with a keynote address on "How We Will Connect To Our Networked Future in a Post-IoT World".

„We have already witnessed profound and often unanticipated developments as IoT is built out and the world is mediated via a mainly graphic wireless device held at arms length. But what will happen once the world is precognitively interpreted by what we term ‘sensory prosthetics’ that change what and how humans physically perceive, a world where your own intelligence is split ever more seamlessly between your brain and the cloud? Accordingly, I address the broad theme of interfacing humans to the ubiquitous electronic "nervous system" that sensor networks will soon extend across things, places, and people, going well beyond the ‘Internet of Things,’ challenging the notion of physical presence and the boundary of self. I'll illustrate this through two avenues of research – one looking at a new kind of digital "omniscience" (e.g., different kinds of browsers for sensor network data & agile frameworks for sensor/data representation) and the other looking at buildings & tools as "prosthetic" extensions of humans (e.g., making HVAC and lighting systems an extension of your natural activity and sense of comfort, or smart tools as human-robot cooperation in the hand), drawing from many projects that are running in my group at the MIT Media Lab and touching on technical areas ranging from low-power wearable sensing/robotics to cognitive audio and distributed sensor networks.“