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"Reflecting specifically on the IoT, Logvinov suggested that in the combination of information from various sources and creating knowledge that was not there is the potential for creating a multi-trillion dollar economy; for example, the 360-degree cameras used in modern cars may be of great help for self-driving, but can also be a business opportunity to capture every single moment from every single angle. Certainly, this brings the risks for privacy that should be taken into consideration as well. Michael warned that lots of big data must be followed with 'big judgment' as well, otherwise we may be leaving too much of decisions to the technology.
A question from the remote participants focused the discussion back on the threat of uberveillance, asking how - and if - we can prevent it: whether through international agreements and regulation, ethics in technological innovations and business use, or through community push-back. Michael re-iterated that society is at the tipping point of an irreversible change, and suggested that communities need to become more aware of the imminent risks and push back on their regulators to ensure ethical governmental and business use of new technologies. Otherwise, he states, ‘we are all becoming monetized’ and everything may become economy. Shannon reacted with a dilemma asking if we still trust our civilisation, what are we really afraid of bearing in mind all the benefits that technologies have brought to us, such as longer and more comfortable lives."
"Reflecting on a discussion on trust in civilisation, a remote participant asked if today’s society is ready to experiment with technology and policy at this level, and if the technology is being developed at a faster pace that society can adapt to? For example, the school programmes cannot catch up with technologies; governments cannot catch up with citizens’ needs for privacy and rights; users cannot make sure they choose the right products and it can be a challenge to understand the privacy policies, net neutrality aspects, and security challenges. Mr Logvinov responded that society was not, is not, and will probably never be ready for technological challenges, but it has always been able to adapt. While he admitted that the pace of technology development is faster than ever and is almost exponential, he reminded us that we should trust that our civilisation is capable of figuring out how to deal with this. Shannon reminded us that the multistakeholder process is a societal response to technology changes that equips us to address the challenges more efficiently. Michael, however, reminded us that we are not sure of the implications of these new technologies, and that it might be difficult or even impossible to go back and check and correct after the current tipping point is crossed. He warned that, while we want to keep trusting our civilisation, we have to proceed with caution."
"Finally, a lawyer in the audience asked how can the IoT world benefit from the legal expertise to make the environment more trustable? Logvinov reminded us that the technologies do not simply emerge. There is a long development cycle - sometimes longer than policy development! He invited his fellow lawyers to engage in all steps of developing the new technology, so that by the time we have implementation of the technology, we also have an understanding of its implications and are ready to react with proper regulation. Shannon added that understanding should prevent possible unintended consequences of the legislation, such as discouraging innovation and investment, and invited lawyers to be technology agnostic. Runnegar agreed that the technology is evolving as are the law and policy. Michael added that we should all be open to different narratives, ready to accept correction if needed, and certainly to criticise technology and laws that are counterproductive. He reminded us that we need big judgment to follow big data. He concluded that we have to work together - and love our civilisation while being careful."
What an incredible experience it was to travel to Delhi for the IEEE Green Computing and Internet of Things Conference! Met so many wonderful students and staff from across India and surrounding nations, but especially beautiful hearts at Galgotias College of Engineering and Technology.
I was so impressed by the vast talent of students, who not only were keen engineers and technologists but also multi-talented singers, dancers, actors and MCs!
Here is the link to the conference: http://gciot-conference.org/2015/
Such an exceptional conference- and likely the best IEEE conference I've ever been to- well organised, entertaining, precision organisation in sessions and keynotes, certificates, kind words and generosity. What incredible volunteers that gathered at this event- and so "Indian" in reception!
Great local food! Great folk music! A top variety night! All of it student driven.
And most of all about 800 IEEE peer-reviewed papers, posters, industry submissions on something I deem to be the number 1 thing that engineers should be focused on-- sustainability.