The Internet of Things
A Fridge, mobile, tablet, laptop, Wearable Device or a Table in a local Bar – The Internet of Things is an exciting contextual stream of Data, but at what cost? Imagine you walk into a bar, and place your mobile on the table and enjoy while a Personal Contextual Assistant (PCA) greets you. By the magical powers of The Internet of Things: mobile payments, NFC, WiFi & Context, you can order, eat,enjoy, pay, tip & review, whilst getting the best service YOU could ask for.
“Hello [First Name], Welcome to [Bar Name, followed by Slogan] What can we get you today? Shall I order you a [Your preferred Beverage] while you look at our menu?”
I imagine the above said in Scarlett Johanssons voice from the Movie ‘Her’.
We want all the things that we have now, and plus more stuff … GIMME STUFF! Yes, all that extra relevant content is where the awesome sauce is at. BUT, heres where things get a little bit tricky. I also want you to make it more relevant to me, suggest things that people in my Network like, provide me with options based on people I trust, communicate with and follow.
Oh, and also give me the answers, to everything, everywhere, at anytime on a Fridge, mobile, tablet, laptop, Wearable Device or a Table in a Bar that I’m at … but also please respect my privacy. “You’ve almost finished [Your preferred Beverage], would you like another? *finger swipe* Thank you, Just one moment and I’ll add that … [Bar Name, followed by Slogan] [Your preferred Beverage] is on its way – if you need anything, just ask” – said the PCA to everyone. #creepy ?
Look for the signals
Is that what the future holds? Are public interactions being contextualised via personal devices and PCA technologies, as we build Individual networks? Scobleizer seems to think so with his book the Age of Context: Mobile, Sensors, Data and the Future of Privacy by Robert Scoble and Shel Israel.
Now indulge me for 20 seconds and think about how you found this article. A clicked hastag, an email or maybe you just noticed the candid author photo by Susanne Skretteberg Andersen in Norway. Does that matter? Whos analysing that? As a content creator, this journey is more important to me than it is to you, right? So what about our entertainment and our ever increasing Internet Video consumption.
Think about your favorite Netflix season or your favorite Youtube channel … yes that one that you secretly enjoy (as do millions of others, so its ok) and then place yourself in a different location while consuming this content on a Fridge, mobile, tablet, laptop, Wearable Device, at a bustop or on a Table in a local Bar.
I like to think theres an algorithm working while I am watching this content. Hopefully there is a scaled attribution model that is sending out signals/code, so that in the future relevant content will present itself to me when I request it. So this makes me think, is this the future of interactive content & advertising? If at the end of the above short video, you realised there is a series or season linked to the video, would you commit your time to it? Now think about a thoughtleader, celebrity, character or brand that you follow. Take Michael Jackson for example, *pours out drink*, if he delivered this service to you, would you be more inclined to engage with it?
I love that movie #wheresmyhoverboard … ahhh so yes, the exciting thing is that the landscape hasn’t fully formed and is still molten. As with all of these shifts in Technology, Social & Media they still require abit of legwork.
Which reminds me I’m off to another fun project! Wish me Luck … or Context!