Now Google is pushing the Open Web of Things, part of a drive towards the ‘connected society’. What does it mean? Well, it’s a lot do to with open standards and people being willing to share, of course, and in this case Google is in the midst of establishing an open innovation and research programme around the Internet of Things. The online giant is asking for research proposals relating to the IoT in user interface and app development, privacy and security, as well as systems and protocols research, saying it is open to ‘new and unorthodox’ solutions.
“Imagine a world in which access to networked technology defies the constraints of desktops, laptops or smartphones,” says Google, the Silicon Messiah par excellence. “A future where we work seamlessly with connected systems, services, devices and things to support work practices, education, and daily interactions.”
We like open. And believe one day Google, so adept at riding atop everyone else’s ‘free’ digital content, will share its search algorithm so the whole world can benefit.