Guiding the IoT to safety
The Internet of Things and the role of government as both user and regulator Regulations should do more than tell companies what they can’t do—rules should help guide corporate players through minefields of uncertainty. It’s a lot of responsibility, especially when it comes to still-developing IoT technology that holds great promise—and real risks. Introduction: Aligning regulation and transformation Imagine Pandora sitting and staring at her box. In a few moments, she will open its bronze lid and release fear, death, and plague into the world . . . but right now she is wracked with uncertainty. What’s inside? The box might contain untold riches to help her new kingdom—but Zeus warned her never to open it. Should she open it and risk punishment, or leave it shut and possibly leave valuable resources untapped?
Making cities smarter : How citizens’ collective intelligence can guide better decision making
Imagine that you are an urban planner charged with putting walkways in a newly built city park. How would you go about deciding where to put the paths? Several approaches come to mind: You could survey likely park users. You could copy “best practices” from other parks. Or you could build sophisticated computer simulations to project future foot traffic. Or you could take a different approach: What if you just open the park and observe the paths in the dirt naturally created by foot traffic? By using a process of discovery rather than design, you could leverage the built-in knowledge and preferences of real park users to find an optimal walkway solution. Prior to the construction of Freedom Tower in New York City, the great urban theorist Jane Jacobs suggested that the Ground Zero site scrap its existing street grid: “I was at a school in Connecticut where the architects watched…