Editors' Take

Editors' Take

It’s All About Culture


Three years from now, there will be 50 billion digital “things” connected to the Internet. Things at home, in the car, at the office, on the street, basically anywhere, and anytime (yes, even during our private moments) — the IoT is bound to be part of every fiber of our being.

Are you happy with that?

Credits: Enterra

Technological development, while sometimes morally compromised, is essentially a good thing. The trickier question is: Are we all prepared for this?

The wave of change spurred by the IoT revolution is sweeping the world, across physical and cultural boundaries. At the center of the change is data, big data. It is what powers the Internet of Things. In 2020, human beings would have created 44 zettabytes of data volume, ten times greater than what we had in 2014 when the third-wave Internet technologies started invading every home. Imagine what we’ll have beyond 2020.

Indeed, discovering the purpose and use of data for machines had been the turning point in the 21st century, just as harnessing steam for transportation was the turning point of technology in the 18th century. In both cases, technological innovation was applauded and celebrated.  But the change that happened next went beyond technological. By and large, it was cultural.

The data that we create represents more than people’s use and interaction with technology, it represents life itself in this moment of history. According to historian Thomas Hughes, “technology and the society develop together.” A change in society happens when technology evolves; alternatively, technology develops just as society progresses.

However, unlike the past waves of technological shift, today’s digital evolution is, at the least, rapid and radical, at the worst, ruthless. It can crush along its path all that fails to catch up. That makes a lot of difference and is something we need to take seriously if we are to wield big data, AI, robotics, IoT and all things digital to work for societal transformation.

Understandably, change is often met with resistance and skepticism. But the digital revolution is never about making lives difficult for those who reject it, it is about making lives better for the people who created it. It leads to a change in lifestyle, in business, in the way we do things in levels that were unimaginable for our ancestors.

Credits: Schneider-Electric

What should a cultural shift look like today? For businesses, the challenge is clear: creating a culture that is open to innovation and using the appropriate tools to support innovative goals. In short, a culture of agility, where people does not think twice about change.

As the cliché goes, change is the only permanent thing in this world. Culture is about the people, and the ways by which it wields technology to support its existence. To survive, we need to change the culture of doing things along the digital path now.

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Editors' Take

Welcome to IotUpBeat!

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Maybe you’ve already heard of the buzz word “IoT”; or you’ve read it in your facebook, twitter, or linkedin feeds; or elsewhere in the internet, you’ve came across it and got curious; or maybe you’re that techy guy closely monitoring techy trends; or you’re that boss or manager thinking of jumping into IoT’s massive opportunity; or maybe none-of-the-above, totally have no idea what’s this about. However you got here and wherever you are, we are pretty sure you’ve landed at the right place.

IoTUpBeat will be your companion for an exciting journey in exploring the frontiers of this emerging technology, or should I say already becoming the new normal in some industries. It’s called the “Internet of Things” or just “IoT”.

Several market research firms have valued the worldwide IoT market to reach more than US$ 700 Billion to US$ 2 Trillion by the turn of the decade. It’s disruptive nature is poised to shape the way we interact with each other and with the world around us; as well as alter our perception and usage of data in our day-to-day activities.

 You want to get involved in IoT, right?

Whether you just want to satisfy your curiosity, or you want to integrate IoT into your organization, or you want to build products and services, you will need to get yourself some know-hows on the technology, the market, the ecosystem, and the local/international trends. There are many resources on the internet about IoT, some are very good while others are just bandwagons to further the hype and the buzz. But where do you start? How do you know which of these information will actually help? How do you actually use these information to get  REAL VALUE?

At IoTUpBeat, we ask ourselves these same questions. We dive through the clutter of information and ascend with the fresh and valuable ones. Thus, you can expect to get only the articles and news that give real value, presented in an easy-to-comprehend and modern format.

To give you a head-start, contents are grouped into 3 main categories:

(1) Discover  — essentials you need to know about IoT

  • IoTWiki 
    • basics of IoT: definition, markets, applications, how-it-works, ecosystem, people, and many more
  • Fresh
    • IoT news and storymakers from companies, key players, and events in the IoT world
  • Trending
    • Major buzz and sizzling hot developments in IoT
  • IoTNation: Pilipinas
    • local IoT updates, news, and events
  • Editor’s Take
    • opinion, forecasts, proposals, and key take-aways from the editor
  • Engage (future option)
    • featured IoT content and projects from subscribers

(2) Use Cases  — real-world deployments of IoT from different industries, and how you can make use of them in your own organization & business

(3) Technology  — basic guide to hardware and software technologies, their operation and involvement in IoT implementations

If you are a maker or developer and itching to build cool IoT stuff, we will be linking our  “Technology” section to our other blog resource called CreateLabz. It will be an engaging platform for learning, hacking, and building IoT/robotics projects and products.

For a good introduction to IoT, here’s one for you.

Explore the site as you can to make the most of your IoTUpBeat experience. Don’t forget to also share to your friends.

In the end, we are here to simplify information for you. The Internet of Things may be a complicated and overwhelming idea to grasp, but IT SHOULD NOT BE. We want to reach as many people, so that many more may harness its potential in making their everyday activities more meaningful, valuable, and intelligent.

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