Special Issue "The Internet of Things"
A special issue of Future Internet (ISSN 1999-5903).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 October 2010)
“Spimes are manufactured objects whose informational support is so overwhelmingly extensive and rich that they are regarded as material instantiations of an immaterial system. Spimes begin and end as data. They’re virtual objects first and actual objects second.”
Bruce Sterling, Shaping Things, (2005).
The special issue of Future Internet is focused on topics encompassing the emerging technical and cultural phenomenon known as ‘The Internet of Things’. The term is attributed to the Auto-ID research group at MIT in 1999, and was explored in depth by the International Telecommunication Union who published a report bearing the same name at the United Nations net summit in 2005. The term, ‘Internet of things’, refers to the technical and cultural shift that is anticipated as society moves towards a ubiquitous form of computing in which every device is ‘on’, and every device is connected in some way to the Internet. The specific reference to ‘things’ refers to the concept that every new object manufactured will also be able to part of this extended Internet, because they will have been tagged and indexed by the manufacturer during production. It is also envisaged that consumers will have the ability to ‘read’ the tags through the use of mobile ‘readers’ and use the information connected to the object, to inform their purchase, use and disposal of an object.
The Call for Papers includes:
- Internet of Things communication systems and network infrastructures.
- The Geography of Things: Location and tracking of objects.
- Applications of the Internet of Things.
- RFID and Tagging Technologies.
- Security, Privacy and Issues relating to linking ‘things’ to location and users.
- Issues relating to the connection of everyday objects to the Internet.
- Emerging Standards for an Internet of Things.
- The creative and artistic potentials provided by the internet of things.
- The impact of the internet of things on current art practices in areas such as (but not limited to) authorship, archiving, design, exhibitions, gallery spaces, locative media and the original artwork.
Maria Edith Burke