Trailblazers. Innovators. Pioneers. These are the people others look to for inspiration, direction, and motivation. When it comes to the ways IoT (Internet of Things) technology can revolutionize life and business, pioneers look not only at the here and now but also to the future. These individuals, groups, companies, and organizations think outside of the box, they don’t take “no” for an answer, they look for novel ways to solve age-old dilemmas, and they anticipate what’s coming next. In this way, they stay a step (or two, or 10) ahead of the rest.
Early in 2017, the AGC (Associated General Contractors of America), www.agc.org, 2017 Construction Hiring and Business Outlook survey seemed to prove what many in the construction industry were already feeling—that there was a certain optimism in the air. According to the survey, which asked construction professionals to share their plans for the upcoming year, 73% of firms said they plan to expand their payrolls in 2017 because they expect demand in both private and public sectors to grow.
Science magazine published a research report in June 2016 entitled “The social dilemma of autonomous vehicles” by Jean-François Bonnefon of the University of Toulouse Capitole, www.ut-capitole.fr, Azim Shariff of the University of Oregon, www.uoregon.edu, and Iyad Rahwan of MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), www.mit.edu.
There are around 7.4 billion humans on planet Earth right now, which may seem like a lot, until you consider how many more people will inhabit the same space in just a few decades. The United Nations DESA (Dept. of Economic and Social Affairs) projects the global population will reach 8.5 billion in 2030, 9.7 billion in 2050, and 11.2 billion in 2100.
In retail, a once purely physical world must become a digital one, or, at least, it must become a hybrid physical-digital world. Retailers must find a way to leverage the IoT (Internet of Things) to enhance operations—from managing energy use to stocking shelves—and connect with 21st century customers in a 21st century way.
From managing chronic conditions to enabling innovative insurance programs, the IoT is redefining healthcare. Healthcare, unfortunately, is outdated.
To be an IoT (Internet of Things) marketer, it takes a deep understanding of technology, its applications, its limitations, and its potential. An IoT marketer must have the laser-sharp ability to hone in on a product or service’s unique strengths and the creativity to position that product or service accordingly. It requires above-average people skills and communication smarts, and it also takes something else: gumption.
By engaging an unprecedented number of people in medical research, app-based health research could change how conditions are managed.
Some of them tinker, some of them invent, some of them engineer, and some of them strategize, but all of them innovate, and all of them lead. The 2017 Women of M2M are a group of IoT (Internet of Things) executives who have built companies from the ground up, led their organizations to bigger and better opportunities by harnessing technology, and/or acted as a guiding light for their teams through times of ambiguity and change. If change is the mantra of the tech world, change agent is perhaps the best compliment a tech executive can hope to receive. Each year, Connected World magazine recognizes 42 change agents who are forging new paths for the IoT, sometimes in the face of adversity and discrimination.
In a world that offers virtual experiences, how will society change? Imagine a world in which VR (virtual reality) technology enhanced and improved reality in urban planning and building, product design, education and training, and beyond. Imagine how seamless VR-enabled telecommuting and telepresence capabilities could change the way cities operate—for instance, by redefining the need for physical transportation systems—or alter the way humans engage in cultural experiences like art and music? Imagining the possibilities of virtual reality and its partner in crime, AR (augmented reality), isn’t the hard part, unfortunately. The hard part is making it real on a grand scale.