Does the Internet of Things herald an era of digital feudalism?
In what form will human beings inhabit the new realityas free, flourishing 'prosumers', or as digital livestock?
Why did Google buy a thermostat company—that too at a stiff $3.2 billion? Well, not to diversify into smoke detectors—that’s for sure. The answer, if you ask futurologist and science fiction author Bruce Sterling, is that Google’s acquisition of Nest is a major strategic strike in the ongoing technological power struggle over who is going to control the Internet of Things.