The Internet of Things (IoT) is maturing, and has even been taken for granted in several industries. We’ve climbed the peaks of inflated expectations and are increasingly often encountering the undercurrent of organisations actively (re)designing their business and technology with fair and inclusive models to succeed in the data-driven economy.
At the same time, a darker, more concerning narrative of surveillance capitalism, weak security, and privacy lures in the clefts. Since its inception ThingsCon has been an on- and offline environment providing a place to discuss issues within this space needed to be addressed and why.
Now, 5 years into ThingsCon, the need for responsible technology has entered the mainstream debate. We need ethical technology, but how? With the lines between IoT, AI, machine learning and algorithmic decision-making increasingly blurring it’s time to offer better approaches to the challenges of the 21st century: Don’t complain, suggest what’s better! In this spirit, going forward we will focus on exploring how connected devices can be made better, more responsible and more respectful of fundamental human rights.
6 & 7 December 2018 we organised our 5th edition of ThingsCon in the Netherlands, for the first time in Rotterdam.
Impressions from 2018
Find also pictures here.