A lot of people see the term Internet of Things (IoT) and respond with a combination of confusion and skepticism. Even for technologists, the term conjures images of refrigerators and toasters dialing up a mothership computer at their manufacturer's headquarters and beaming telemetry data to it about what people are eating and when. That's at least a bit invasive. Maybe it's also harmless. But to many, it hardly appears important or useful; rather, it seems fed by a compulsion to amass increasing volumes of data and a default belief in the virtue of that quest.

It's industrial, stupid

While much of that view is understandable--and may in fact b ...

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