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The Big Idea for Tuesday, December 17, 2013

In the future virtually everything will have a digital footprint.

That future, to a remarkable extent, is already here. Sensors detect changes in the environment such as light, sound, movement and location. We just haven't taken advantage yet of the full potential of these everyday sensors. 

In today's lesson, Chris Curran of PwC argues that when sensors are connected, and their data analyzed, they will become a part of the Internet of Things and then new opportunities and innovations will emerge. Some we are already seeing, from invisible buttons to Smartthings


  1. 1 Plugging into the Power of Everyday Sensors
    Chris Curran Experts' Corner
  2. 2 How To Be A Thing In The Internet Of Things
    Kecia Lynn IdeaFeed
  3. 3 We Need to Have a Big Conversation About Big Data
    Rick Smolan In Their Own Words
  4. 4 Big Data is Neutral: A Tool for Both Good and Evil
    Daniel Honan Think Tank


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