Does the Internet of Things herald an era of digital feudalism?5 min read . Updated: 06 Jan 2015, 05:30 PM IST
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.
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