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The Alchemy of IoT, Part 2: IoT Through the Ages

…and everything you’ll ever need to know to pass your IoT history class.

The Alchemy of IoT, as we defined it in Part I of our Alchemy of IoT series is the true transmutation from a world of visible and connected objects to a Smart and (Almost) Invisible World of Autonomous Interconnected Things.

As Mark Weiser, past Chief Scientist at Xerox PARC (USA), mentioned in his article “The Computer for the 21st Century”: “The most profound technologies are those that disappear. They weave themselves into the fabric of everyday life until they are indistinguishable from it.”

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The Alchemy of IoT

And everything you ever need to know about the Internet of Things

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The practice of alchemy has captured the imagination of people for thousands of years. Even though most of its practitioners were interested in the transformation of lead into gold, the real transformation at the foundation of alchemy was a spiritual one.

The transformation IoT promises is one that makes technology seamless and transparent to the point of becoming almost invisible. This is, for me, the alchemy of our days.

How can you capture this somewhat elusive spirit of transformation, creation and combination when you’re talking about the Internet of Things? What is the transmutation that we can aspire to, what is the lead we’re starting with and what is the gold that we’re trying to achieve?

We need to start by understanding what the Internet of Things is. Because everyone knows what the internet is, let’s start by understanding what these Things are, then.

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