Trump’s efforts to undermine U.S. democracy make the news around the world

first_img– Advertisement – Germany’s Der Spiegel wrote that Trump was like a “late Roman emperor” who has “set a historic standard for voter contempt.””One can feel the anxiety for potential chaos seeing metal fences and security being hastily installed around the White House,” an editorial from a Hong Kong newspaper controlled by the Chinese government said. “The American election has became a global joke.”- Advertisement – And in Russia, a spokesman said President Vladimir Putin would hold “an international telephone conversation” on Thursday, but no further details were offered. last_img read more

Wiltshire downs Cheeks in Woodpecker squash

first_imgTHE Guyana Squash Association (GSA) is holding its second junior tournament for 2017, the Woodpecker Products Ltd Junior National Squash Championships at the Georgetown Club Inc courts.Play continued on day three with fixtures in nine of the ten categories that are up for grabs. They were several noteworthy performances by all juniors but especially those in the younger age groups.In the highlight match of the evening Shomari Wiltshire had to come from behind to defeat Alex Cheeks by a three games to one score. ;Shomari had two games balls in the first game but Alex won the game 13 – 11. Alex then moved to 9 – 6 in the second game and it seemed as if Shomari was in a lot of trouble but he held his nerve and won the next five points to take the second game 11 – 9. Alex now seemed to be tired and Shomari comfortably won the third game 11 – 3 and then the fourth game by an identical score 11 – 3.In the girls Under 15 category Abosaide Cadogan had a straight set victory over Kirsten Gomes. Abosaide won the first game 11 – 4. The second game was extremely close but Abosaide won it 13 – 11 and then took the third game 11 – 8.In today’s matches, Christiana Fernandes defeated Isabella Ramjohn 3-0 in ladies U13 action while for the guys, Mohyryan Baksh overcame Dhiren Persaud 3-0 with the same score line applying when Louis Da Silva beat off Persaud.In the girl U13, both Paige Fernandes and Kirsten Gomes beat Haley Carpenter 3-0 in their respective games while in the Boys class, Ethan Jonas retired to give Demetrius De Abreu the win while Michael Alphonso beat James Mekdeci 3-0; Nicholas Verwey defeated Liam Carpenter 4-1 and De Abreu beat Liam Carpenter 3-0.Lucas Jonas was also in the winner’s circle of the boys u15 as he beat Jason Gomes 3-0 with Samuel Ince-Carvalhal beating Domininc Collins 3-0 as well. Wiltshire also regisred 3-0 win over Gianni Carpenter with Carpenter then turning around to beat Osmond Mack and Wiltshire advancing past Mikhail Persaud.Matches continued last eveninglast_img read more

We will show no fear against the USA – Johnson

first_img– Golden Jaguars anxious for Allianz baptism tonightBy Rawle Toney in Minnesota (compliments of Let’s Bet Sports)IT all comes down to tonight! The first meeting between Guyana and the USA at the senior level, and the enticing encounter will also mark the first time the Allianz Field (stadium) in St Paul’s Minnesota  will be hosting an International football match. The game starts at 9.00 pm Minnesota  time; (10:00pm Guyana time.Guyana and the USA, the CONCACAF Gold Cup Champions, will collide in what pundits are already describing as a win for the ‘Stars and Strips’ but for the Golden Jaguars, they believe than an upset is in the making.Guyana’s head Coach Michael Johnson (left) and Samuel Cox addressing the media at the pre-game press conference. (Samuel Maughn photo)“We will show no fear,” head coach Michael Johnson at the pre-game press conference, as the former Jamaican International stating that Guyana will be heading out on the pitch play for three points. Johnson reiterated his statement about Guyana’s chances against the USA, telling the room of journalist “we didn’t come this far to not go out on the pitch and give our best, so expect the boys to have a go at the USA.”Johnson said that he’s cognisant of the fact that the USA are the Gold Cup champions, but, he’s also confident in his group of players to show the footballing-world that Guyana belongs amongst the elite teams in CONCACAF.In the lead-up to this historic clash against the USA, Guyana faced fellow Gold Cup debutant Bermuda and fell 1 – 0, and then faced Haiti in Costa Rica and fell 3 – 1. As a matter of fact, in their last 10 matches played, dating back to 2017, the Golden Jaguars were victorious three times and has one draw (1 – 1) which came against Trinidad and Tobago.For the USA, since their 2 – 1 loss to the Soca Warriors in 2017 which kept them out of the last FIFA World Cup, featured 18 times in International competition, winning six, drawing two and picked up six losses, including their recent back-to-back defeat which came against Venezuela (3 – 0) and Jamaica (1 – 0).Panama on this other hand have not won a any of their 15 outings since beating Trinidad and Tobago 1 – 0 in a friendly in 2018. The Panamanians made their maiden qualification for the FIFA World Cup last year but didn’t win any of their three games played against Belgium (3 – 0), England (6 – 1) and Tunisia (2 – 1). They played to a 2 – 2 draw against South Korea and 1 – 1 against Brazil this year.For Trinidad and Tobago, since being responsible for the for the Red, White and Blue not reaching the World Cup, played nine times over the past year, but only tasted victory once (2-1 against United Arab Emirates).looking back at the team’s preparation, Johnson said  “for the last few days we’ve had a chance to really batten down and deal with what we expect, as we know the team now and this has allowed us to be more precise in our work and more detailed from an analytic point of view both in and out of possession and how we’re going to approach this game.”Asked about the team’s composition for tonight’s humdinger,  Johnson noted that “the team’s been picked appropriately for this game and, more likely or not, it could change for the next one; but we feel what we’ve got at our disposal that we are in a very, very good place with hours left before the big game.”“I think we, by our own professionalism, by our own expectations, are putting more pressure on us internally than probably anybody else. I’ve seen statements that don’t give us a chance, written us off; we won’t score a goal, easy game for America.But internally, I think there is an inner belief and a real resilience that that’s the case and I think that’s where the pressure comes from us in our own environment, thinking we can do a lot better than the so-called armchair pundits, press, players from America and coaching staff have said.”Sam Cox, the team’s captain, asked that all of Guyana support the team tonight, pointing out “Just think about it, over 40 million people will be tuned into the game; we’re playing in front of a sold out stadium…we can’t ask for a bigger occasion than this to really introduce ourselves to the world as a footballing-nation. I know the lads are hungry, but I also know that we’re excited to really go out there and show the rest of the world that we belong here and we’re not just here to participate.”Guyana has been drawn in Group D of the 16-team tournament, and after their game tonight against the USA, the Golden Jaguars will travel to Cleveland where they will take on Panama on June 22, following which, they will face regional rivals Trinidad and Tobago in Kansas City on June 26. Guyana’s 23-man rosterGoalkeepers (3): Akel Clark (Walking Boyz Company/SUR), Alex Murray (Santos Georgetown), Quillan Roberts (Forge FC/CAN)Defenders (8): Matthew Briggs (Maldon & Tiptree/ENG), Sam Cox (Hampton & Richmond Borough/ENG), Kadell Daniel (Dover Athletic/ENG), Jordan Dover (Pittsburgh Riverhounds/USA), Liam Gordon (Dagenham & Redbridge/ENG), Kevin Layne (New Amsterdam United), Ronayne Marsh-Brown (Whitehawk/ENG), Terence Vancooten (Stevenage/ENG)Midfielders (5): Elliot Bonds (Dagenham & Redbridge/ENG), Neil Danns (Bury/ENG), Stephen Duke-McKenna (Bolton Wanderers/ENG), Pernell Schultz (Western Tigers), Daniel Wilson (Western Tigers)Forwards (6): Callum Harriot (Reading/ENG), Sheldon Holder (Morvant Caledonia United/TRI), Anthony Jeffrey (Dover Athletic/ENG), Keanu Marsh-Brown (Newport County/WAL), Terrel Ondaan (Telstar/NED), Emery Welshman (Forge FC/CAN)last_img read more

UFC: Conor McGregor could face legal charges for pub brawl in April

first_img SUBSCRIBE TO US 10 months ago UFC: Conor McGregor expresses interest to join rival company COMMENT Conor McGregor is reportedly facing a single charge of assault for punching an old man in Dublin a few weeks back and he had to appear in the court. The former UFC Double Champ has recently announced his comeback in January 2020 after a lot of speculations, but it seems that his personal life drama is still nowhere close to ending. Conor McGregor has faced a lot of legal charges in recent times and it is surely troubling the Irishman ahead of his UFC return. He was allegedly charged for breaking a fan’s mobile few months back, then a sexual assault charge was raised against him and now McGregor has to attend court sessions for punching an old man in a pub of Dublin on April 6.Also Read- Conor McGregor Announces UFC Comeback, Talks About Khabib RematchUFC: Conor McGregor chargedConor ‘The Notorious’ McGregor had to appear in court on Friday for his alleged punch over the old man’s face. According to the complaint filed, Conor McGregor punched an old man named Desmond Keogh at Marble Arch pub in Drimnagh on April 6. McGregor was promoting his Irish whiskey ‘Proper 12’ and Desmond refused to try it, the former double champ didn’t like it and allegedly assaulted Desmond. Conor McGregor appeared in court briefly and said that he would enter a plea. The case was adjourned for a while after that. Have a look at the CCTV footage that caught Conor punching the man. Raj Sarkar Also Read- MMA: Tyson Fury Eyes Move To MMA, Conor McGregor Agrees To Train HimAlso Read- UFC News: Mike Tyson Has Some Advice For Embattled Conor McGregor 10 months ago Conor McGregor: Dana White reveals Donald Cerrone as his next opponent Also Read- Conor McGregor: Dana White Reveals Donald Cerrone As His Next OpponentUFC: Conor McGregor’s UFC StatusConor McGregor has been out of UFC since his loss against Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229. However, after a lot of callouts and social-media beef, Conor has finally announced his return. In his latest press meet, McGregor said that he does not care about his opponent and he will fight anyone UFC offers him to. However, he has surely expressed his urge to fight the winner of BMF belt first and the winner of Tony Ferguson vs Khabib Nurmagomedov next. The recent legal tensions can hamper Conor McGregor’s UFC plans and there can be a delay in his UFC return. Last Updated: 1st November, 2019 23:14 IST UFC: Conor McGregor Could Face Legal Charges For Pub Brawl In April Conor McGregor had to attend due to legal charges against him. Conor allegedly punched an old man in a Dublin pub for refusing his whiskey. Know more about it FOLLOW UScenter_img 10 months ago UFC News: Mike Tyson has some advice for embattled Conor McGregor LIVE TV 10 months ago UFC: After a feud with Khabib, Conor McGregor is going to Moscow First Published: 1st November, 2019 23:14 IST Written By WATCH US LIVE WE RECOMMEND 10 months ago UFC: Conor McGregor wanted to return and fight in the December 14 cardlast_img read more

Archer Fish Shoot Efficiently

first_imgArcher fish, the sharpshooters of the underwater world, have another trick in their blowguns: energy efficiency.  Three German scientists were curious how they knew how hard to shoot at targets of differing mass.  Publishing in Current Biology,1 the team first determined that the prey’s ability to cling to its leaf or stem is proportional to its body mass.  Without a calculator, the predatory fish seem to figure out how hard to shoot:Hence, the maximum adhesive forces an archerfish’s shot must overcome in order to actually dislodge prey increase linearly with prey’s size…. Archerfish force-scaling closely matches this prediction, ensuring a reasonable safety margin: for any given size of prey, the fish apply about ten times the forces the adhesive organs of prey of that size could maximally sustain.Prior to this study, scientists thought the fish had a one-size-fits-all water bullet.  By weighing the mass of water spit out, the scientists determined that the fish don’t waste big bullets on smaller targets.  Also, they hit hard enough to win on the first shot: “Moreover, because the first shot hits prey unprepared in an average posture, the fish needed not to adjust to the probably much larger forces some prey might exert by clawing to the substrate.”  In non-scientese, this means the bug or lizard is going to grab on harder if the fish fails to dislodge it on the first shot.    The scientists attempted an evolutionary explanation for this prey-matching marksmanship.  Since spitting is costly in energy terms, “Fitting with the costs of shooting, archerfish use the most economic way of tuning their shots,” they said.  The fish seem to know that kinetic energy varies with 1/2 m v2, so the fish vary the mass instead of the velocity: “As the kinetic energy of their shot varies with the square of speed but only linearly with mass, this simple trick enables archerfish to scale their forces in the least costly way and to double force transfer at doubled instead of quadrupled energetic costs.”    But wait a minute; how does all this physics talk count as an evolutionary explanation?  After all, their article was entitled, “Archerfish shots are evolutionarily matched to prey adhesion.”  They explain: “The evolutionary pressures for adjusting the shots at all, instead of firing an all-or-none shot of sufficient maximum force, became evident when we analyzed the mass, speed and kinetic energy of the shots.”  In other words, all they needed to observe was an “evolutionary pressure” related to the phenomenon.  Natural selection, in their view, did the math.    See also the summaries of this paper on EurekAlert and Live Science, and our 09/07/2004 entry about the archer fish’s optical wizardry.1Schlegel, Schmid and Schuster, “Archerfish shots are evolutionarily matched to prey adhesion,” Current Biology, Volume 16, Issue 19, 10 October 2006, pages R836-R837, doi:10.1016/j.cub.2006.08.082.We have a different math based on observation and intelligent design.  The vacuousness of the evolutionary explanation is proportional to the cube of the observed adaptation.  We also have a natural law to back this up (see Darwin’s Law with Bloch’s Extension, right sidebar).(Visited 26 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Factual Makes Publishing Open Data Easy

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts Tags:#news#Product Reviews#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Factual, a new open data project founded by Gilad Elbaz, just launched its public beta today. Elbaz’s last company, Applied Semantics, was acquired by Google in 2003 and became one of the core components of the search giant’s AdSense contextual advertising product. Factual, which is mostly geared towards developers, is somewhat similar to Freebase, though Factual allows for a more free-form approach to building a database than Freebase. Factual provides users and developers with tools to create, contribute and mash up open data on any subject. Factual also announced that Esther Dyson has joined the company’s board of advisors.For now, Factual obviously only offers a relatively small repository of databases, though the company’s current focus is on getting more developers to use its service and on bringing as much data as possible into the system. Getting Data into Factual.To enter data, users could obviously tediously enter the data field by field, or upload spreadsheets in most of the standard formats. The service also provides a number of easier ways to import data. You can, for example, give Factual a URL of any website or Wikipedia page that includes tables and the service will automatically create a new table based on this data. We tried this with tables from a number of sites and it generally worked well and only required a few edits. For advanced users, Factual also includes a number of more advanced extraction tools. Once the data is available on Factual, developers can obviously use the API to read, write and mash this data up in any form they like. Users can also edit tables directly on the site or through an embedded table. In addition, users can mash up and combine existing tables.Currently, Factual only offers one relatively basic embeddable widget that can only display the table without any graphical embellishments. The company plans to rely on developers to create other ways to access and display the data available on the service.Not a WikiWhile Factual allows any user to make changes to the database, Factual’s model is slightly different from the standard wiki approach where only the last edit is generally visible to the public. Changes made to a fact in a Factual database are more like votes for a certain entry. If three users or data sources say a restaurant doesn’t offer vegetarian food, for example, and one user says it does, then the table will display the fact that the majority of users entered. Factual, however, will also display a question mark next to this disputed entry. Users can click on this question mark to see all the editors and data sources. Factual will obviously try to weed out spam here as well, though given how new the service is, it’s hard to evaluate how effective Factual’s spam filters are.LicenseUsers who enter data into a Factual database do not automatically give up their copyright – though given that Factual focuses on facts, which typically can’t be copyrighted anyway, this shouldn’t be too much of a problem. Users can, however, choose an open license for their work, which might be necessary if the table they used to seed their database was licensed under a Creative Commons license, for example. Factual’s FAQ explains this issue in greater detail. Would You Use an Open Data Service?With regards to the question of why businesses would open up their data, Gilad Elbaz told us yesterday that he believes open data could eventually go the way of open source, which also had a hard time to get acceptance among businesses. While open source software is a tool that a lot of companies now use, data is usually what is at the heart of a company’s products and it remains to be seen how many companies would really want to put their data into an open database. For now, we mostly expect non-profits and government organizations to make use of this service.center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… frederic lardinoislast_img read more

Interview with Michael Miller author of The Internet of Things: How Smart TVs, Smart Cars, Smart Homes, and Smart Cities Are Changing the World

first_imgClarke Illmatical How Data Analytics Can Save Lives Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Follow the Puck Related Posts AI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storage Seasoned technology writer Michael Miller spoke to ReadWrite about his latest book The Internet of Things: How Smart TVs, Smart Cars, Smart Homes, and Smart Cities Are Changing the World.During this conversation, he discussed current IoT practices, implementations and made some useful predictions of how consumers and businesses will be impacted by this emerging technology.Whether you’re a seasoned technologist interested in IoT or a consumer who wants to know more about the smart devices in your home, you’ll definitely want to read this interview.READWRITE: What was the impetus for this book?Michael Miller: My publisher and I are always looking for new topics to write on, trying to get ahead of some these topics. In the past, I’ve written about Cloud Computing and Bluetooth, and technologies like that before they became big. My Bluetooth book came out ten years ago and my Cloud Computing book came out five or six years ago. We always try and get ahead of the trends and sometimes, we hit some that are actually hot and sometimes we don’t. We did this book about a year ago. The Internet of Things certainly was trending then, still is today. That was really the impetus.RW: When you compare the latest wave of technology with the technology we were exposed to in the mid-nineties, what’s the biggest difference?MM: The different thing with the Internet of Things is that it is an internet of things as opposed to a people. The internet that we’ve been use to since the mid-nineties, even though it is technology and even though it’s bits of code, and that sort of thing. It’s all designed for person to person interaction. Even when you go to a website, that’s something you’re doing personally as a human being. Whether you’re talking Usenet back in the day or the world wide web, or social media. These are all personal interactions on the internet. With the Internet of Things, you’re really talking about devices interacting. Not people. In fact, smart devices actually making decisions in lieu of people making decisions. This is more of an internet infrastructure in the background as opposed to being in consumers faces. It’s all these little bitty devices, billions of them worldwide, talking to each other, making autonomous decisions, without human interaction. The current internet that we use is the internet of people. The new internet is the Internet of Things.RW: In chapter 2, you spent a significant amount of time discussing data harvesting and analysis. A number of devices will potentially learn about humans and potentially make our lives better. Doesn’t this also introduce a ton of security risks?MM: Yes it does! There are a ton of security issues with the Internet of Things. And we’ve already seen some issues. We’ve seen, a month ago, there was a big internet attack, a DOS attack on some websites. It was not the typical DOS attack which is done by computers or zombie computers on a botnet. This was actually propagated by Internet of Things devices, thermostats and things like that. Hackers got into these devices and used them to create a big botnet to create a DOS attack on these others websites. That was the first time that happened. You’ve got security issues in terms of hacking into the devices themselves and using them either to go offline or to do malicious stuff like a botnet. You also have security issues with all that data that’s collected. There’s tons of data. We’re talking about data coming from your thermostat and data coming from your lighting system. Data coming from how much water you use in your house. Data coming from your car, data coming from the hospital, data coming from the grocery store, all this data is going to be out there and we’re getting smarter systems and smarter algorithms to do stuff with that data. Unfortunately, systems can be hacked. They always have been, whether you’re talking about Yahoo, with a billion accounts hacked recently, or banks getting hacked or Target getting hacked a year ago for their customer data. All this other Internet of Things data which is an order of magnitude greater than what we’ve seen in the past, that can be hacked. It gets worse though when you consider that many of the manufacturers who are getting into the Internet of Things and creating devices and building the systems. They don’t necessarily have a computer background. Ther person who’s building your smart thermostat or building your smart TV, they don’t necessary think about data security the same way you and I do in the computer industry. There’s nothing, there’s no firewalls, therés nothing in a lot of these. Not in all of the things mind you, some of these companies are conscientious but a lot of them just don’t know it. They’re not part of the industry, they haven’t been exposed to it. So their devices are much easier to hack into, than your computer or your smartphone or my smartphone. The mind just kind of boggles, you’re going to have all of this data out there, all these devices out there, built by people who are not taking security in mind. If you have a smart car out there, a smart driving car out there, somebody is going to hack into your car pretty easy. People have hacked into smart TVs, people have hacked into smart thermostats and this sort of thing. The security issues are mind boggling and unfortunately. We’re going to have more because the people who are making these things just are not thinking security first like the computer industry typically does.RW: Do you think the general public is ready for IOT?MM: Some people are some people aren’t. It’s always a sliding scale. There are some people who are going to jump on early, some people who are going to be dragged along a little bit later, but when you look at how part of the Internet of Things that consumers are going to interact with. It’s almost like the consumer Internet of Things, typified by the smart home and devices in the smart home and then the industrial Internet of Things. The power company and the city and all the things on the grid trying to operate in the background. You and I, or the person reading my book, the average person out there, they’re going to see and interact with this consumer Internet of Things and they’re going to do it with smart light and smart thermostats, with smart garage door openers, smart appliances and smart TVs and there’s a ton of these things being sold already, the technology has advanced quite a bit from when I wrote the book and advanced in a way, that what has to happen for the average consumer to buy into it is it has to be easier to use and it has to be cheaper and that is happening. If you look at a device like the smart thermostat, they’re easy to use, easy to connect, the smart lighting systems are very easy to use, the price has come down tremendously over the past year or two and the smart security systems with smart doorbells and smart door locks and that sort of thing, those are the three things that are driving them in the home and in all of those cases the price is coming down, they’re getting easier to use. If you go back a couple of years, a lot of these devices used proprietary wireless technology throughout their network and they didn’t talk to each other, now everything at least on the consumer end of things is using WIFI. Everybody has a WIFI network in their home, and they’re getting so that the different systems can now connect to each other. They’re not so siloed. This brand can talk to this brand, you also have the smart controllers like Google Home and the Amazon Echo and Apple is supposedly working on one also. It makes it a lot easier to centralize and control all this stuff in a hub… You set it there, it connects to your wifi network all your other smart devices in your home, your thermostat. Connects to the same hub, you control it with voice control. That’s incredible ease of use, it’s a lot cheaper than it use to be, it’s easier to hook up as that trend continues, you’re going to have more and more people jump onto it. To automate simple home activities.RW: One of the things I liked about your book was that it is a good balance, a high-level overview on IoT, but simultaneously somewhat technical. Who was your target audience?MM: I think that I was targeting the average consumer. Someone who doesn’t necessarily have that technical background, but someone who does have the interest. So you almost got to assume that people reading the book are interest in the technology, they’re going to have a little bit of a technical background probably. It’s not a highly technical book, I won’t pretend that it is. This doesn’t get into the ins and outs and the bits and bytes of how to connect this mesh network to this sort of thing, It is more of a general overview what’s available in different areas and what’s coming in different areas anybody with an interest in it. Whether or not you have a technical background…RW: Within the next five years, from an IoT perspective, what kind of experience will users have in the home?MM: I think we’re going to see an extension of what we have, I think we’re going to have the home lighting systems come down in price, they’re still a little pricey as opposed to going out and buying a light bulb. I think we’re going to see the pricing come down on all of this, we’re already seeing the ease of use come up, and now I think we’re going to see it extend into other devices and into other uses. The one I’m looking for is smart irrigation systems… Think what you can do with an Internet of Things and a smart irrigation system. You would have sensors in the yard to tell you when it’s irrigated enough, when to turn off so you wouldn’t have to even think about that, you could program in things, like my neighborhood association says I should only water on odd days to conserve water, but it would also connect to the broader internet and look at things like the weather forecast. If it’s supposed to rain tomorrow than it probably doesn’t need to turn on tonight. That’s something I can’t do with my system right now, but that’s something that can be done totally automatically totally autonomously. It would make for much more efficient water use, that would be an excellent use of the Internet of Things. We keep talking about it but I haven’t seen it yet, intelligent garage door openers. When you’re approaching the house, it would know to turn on the lights, it would also know when you’re leaving the house. Then we’ll go ahead and start the washing machine or the dishwasher. and make sure all of the lights are off. Just look at what you do in your house .and how much of that can be done without you? How much can be automated? There is quite a lot. Even the stuff that we’re doing now can get more advanced. The home lighting systems can get much much smarter in terms of knowing when you’re going into this room or if you go into this room, you always turn on a TV, or the radio or whatever, wére approaching that, we’re getting some intelligence in this stuff. We’re really at the infant level. You look at what’s there and kind of extend it forward. with a little price and look at the other stuff in the house the irrigation system the garage door, the smart appliances — we’ve been talking about smart appliances forever, but there’s still kind of dumb. They haven’t really found a good use for them. That will change also, all of this as the technology becomes more familiar, more advanced the systems become more uniform, there’s a lot of stuff we can use the Internet of Things for, to make our lives easier. And also in the case of household appliances, energy, water…RW: In chapter two, you discuss profiting from IoT, what did you focus on there?MM: In terms of making money from IoT, that’s done by the companies who are making the devices or putting together the systems, the software on the back end, when you think of the Internet of Things, a lot of it goes straight to the technology, behind the scene is all of the soft stuff, and that is the systems that control all of these things as well as all the data it collects and how you use that data. In fact, the biggest profit from this whole thing may be the data…RW: Do you think data will be a commodity?MM: That’s going to vary from manufacturer to manufacturer. And what consumers will accept in terms of how their data is used. If you are Google and you’ve collected all this data from your net thermostats and from your Google Home, that data is valuable. Google may not want to sell it. Another company might. If you have a smart router, they might be collecting a lot of data about energy. You can soft roll that data, and there’s a lot of money can be made or selling data for various purposes. I think that’s a huge profit center. Just writing the software devising the systems to deal with the data, to deal with the devices that huge behind the scenes revenue generator.RW: Who really needs to purchase this book?MM: The book was really targeted towards consumers but anybody in the industry who’s thinking of getting into the Internet of Things, or for that matter, when I say consumers that also means businesses and corporations who are thinking of incorporating technology also. If you run an office building you ought to be looking at incorporating the Internet of Things to make your building more efficient. You’re heating and cooling. Your communications, etc. If you don’t know what’s available, this book is a very good start into finding that out. You’ve consumers at home but also consumers in the business world also. You look at the smart heating and cooling systems that could have a huge impact on a company’s bottom line, much more than it might have in my house, how you can cut your cost by being smart about it with the Internet of Things.RW: One more question, are there any current uses of Internet of Things that impressed you while researching your book?MM: It’s all impressive. We’re kind of at the infant stage. on all of this stuff. A lot of it is just — What can we do with this? One that I particularly find is the use of the Internet of Things in hospitals and the medical environment. My wife was in the hospital for a few days a month ago… I’m sitting looking in the hospital room, and she’s hooked up to this device for her blood pressure and her heartbeat and this other device for her lungs and this other device for this, and none of these devices talk to each other. In fact, none of these devices send information to a central source. If my wife moves from this room to the next room, that information that the devices in the first room collected and not transferred to the second room. So the nurses have to go in and write all this stuff down manually It’s ridiculous… Take all that data, all those devices and connect them to the other devices in the hospital, a central source, so that when my wife goes from this room tot his room, her data goes with her. Then we start thinking, not just in the hospital, but what if that data is transferred to her doctor’s office. And to the specialist office, that she goes to the next week. Right now these are totally separate systems… In The medical community, everything is separate. By connecting it all together, think how much more efficient it would be but just how it would improve the health care for the patients. This is a huge opportunity that I see, that is happening, slowly but surely but will speed up and revolutionize the industry and the health care for you and me.last_img read more