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Infinite Data from Smarter Things

WE’RE BEING TRACKED—whether we realize it or not. Right now. And I don’t mean by spies or criminals. The things around us—our phones, watches, cars, toothbrushes, thermostats, even our “smart” refrigerators—are monitoring our every movement and action. This is thanks to the so-called Internet of Things, where everything is becoming smart and compiling and sharing data. Kevin Ashton of MIT is credited with coining the phrase, which often appears in shorthand as IoT. Here is how Ashton defines it: “The IoT integrates the interconnectedness of human culture—our ‘things’—with the interconnectedness of our digital information system—the ‘Internet.’ That’s the IoT.”1

Mark Weiser, a researcher at the famed Xerox ...

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