January 2018

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Our Digital Transformation Mask 2018

The mask represents a material metaphor for carving our digitalized world into a shape never before seen, in a process that blurs the lines between science and art but inside that transformation is yet another amazing transformation opportunity to create a better image of ourselves.
Ken Sinclair
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We are all involved in today's digital transformation and have an amazing opportunity to create a new softer mindfulness face for the greater good. This column talks about how we can improve our image as we digitally transform and inspires us all to envision what the world will see when we pull the string on our transformation mask to expose our new inner selves to the world.



Carved by Simon Daniel James Tribal Name "Winadzi"
A transformation mask is a type of mask used by indigenous people of the Northwest Coast and Alaska in ritual dances. These masks usually depict an outer, animal visage, which the performer can open by pulling a string to reveal an inner, human face carved in wood. Northwest coast peoples generally use them in ...

This mask was carved/transformed from a cedar log and represents our struggle between good and evil but also depicts how we can create the element of surprise when we pull the string and expose our new digitally transformed face.

Will our new inner digital transformed face be for the greater good of all?  The mask represents a material metaphor for carving our existing digitalized world into a shape never before seen, in a process that blurs the lines between science and art but inside that transformation is yet another amazing transformation opportunity to create a better image of ourselves.  An image that reflects our human-centric mindfulness of the functionality features of our digital transformation.

From the carver of the mask these words below which could help us depict our new inner image.

Our artwork must reflect who and what we are as first nations artists and keepers of the cultural knowledge.

Can we create a new softer more welcoming mindfulness face with IoT superpowers?

Can we evolve from the IoT monster carefully carving a new image, actually, a new thing with the focus on who the people will see when we pull the string to show them our surprise?

octopus My last off the wall column had me Teaching the IoT Monster how to ride a bike. Just one of the steps to carving out our digital transformation.

Who knew “An octopus has its eight tentacles and the suckers on the tentacles represent the sensors,” Rhodes said during a plenary session at Dell EMC World. “They’re bringing the data into the octopus. Actually, the octopus has nine brains. It has a brain in each of those tentacles. It found it couldn’t send the information to its brain fast enough.'

So, “The whole IoT architecture is actually based off the octopus,” Jeremy Burton, Dell CMO, added. “I guess a million years of evolution can’t be wrong.

Enough of my meddling metaphors.

Can we present a face that respects human and societal values, privacy, participation, and diversity, and offers new functionalities to support people’s real needs and address global sustainability challenges?

With emotion? This article provides insight Applying Emotion and Sentiment Analysis in IoT Applications

There is a big opportunity for developers to create automated responses based on emotion.

Can we create a Human Internet of Things?  aims to shape the future internet as an interoperable platform ecosystem that embodies the values that Europe holds dear: openness, inclusivity, transparency, privacy, cooperation, and protection of data. The NGI will drive this technological revolution and ensure the progressive adoption of advanced concepts and methodologies spanning the domains of artificial intelligence, Internet of Things, interactive technologies and more while contributing to making the future internet more human-centric.

This article Hot IoT tech trends for 2018 provide these insights.

2018 promises the IoT-ification of a lot of existing technology, plus edge computing, improved analytics and even some security improvements, if we’re reading these tea-leaves correctly. 

IoT has been one of the biggest phenomena in technology for years, but 2018 is the year that it begins to really shake up the rank-and-file of enterprise users, according to Christian Renaud, director of 451 Research’s IoT practice.

There's a new level of sophistication coming to the way companies approach the analytical end of the IoT phenomenon, Renaud said.

Transforming our Industry with IoT @ AHR Expo 2018. Join our edgy discussions in Chicago

Everywhere at AHR Expo 2018, you will see the Transformation of products and services; our complete industry intertwined and being transformed with the Internet of Things "IoT."

All of us are engaged in this transformation for the greater good. The transformation will occur when and as fast as we allow it, but only when all the people it touches embrace the change.

We need to engage in our future. We need to unlearn and rethink our vast experiences. We need to revisit our preconceived notions of what can and cannot be changed. Discovering that your learned experiences are the new variables is very upsetting. It is, in fact, transforming.

This year AHR Expo is a smörgåsbord of transforming products, services, and ideas and presents an arena for action.

We need to unhinge our minds and set new paths, find new mentors in the younger people that have grown up exclusively in the digital age.

We need to learn what we do not know and not just keep repeating what we do know. We need to seek those that will lead the transformation of our industry.

I have published an online magazine for the last 19 years, and I am constantly overwhelmed with our rapid transformation.  I have captured some quotes from key articles to help you make better sense of how IoT is transforming our industry

Why do I want to be part of transformation?

[an error occurred while processing this directive]IoT continues as a game changer; it is changing what we are delivering---how, when and where. However, realizing its potential starts with understanding the value and contribution it brings.  IoT is as much about behavioral changes and business opportunity, not just technology. We need to operate and manage buildings based on outcomes, not output.  IoT is not the objective of this transformation but the platform upon which to connect, collect and analyze data so we can measure and validate these outcomes. Building owners and operators should not “buy” IoT; they should purchase solutions to specific problems where IoT components are part of a solution.

What does "IoT Ready" mean?

Being IoT ready is being able to discuss the merits of IoT and apply them to our applications for human-centric solutions.

When I originally created the catchphrase #RUIoTReady, I thought the question was focused on our traditional smart building industry but now have come to understand it is not just our industry that needs to be IoT ready. Those who are the reason for our human-centric solutions need to be part of the discussion, education, and solution and made IoT ready. This process of developing inclusive solutions requires us all to think more like app developers actually like carvers of art creating our human-centric solutions.

As an industry, we need to stop the waste of time in this creation of them and us; we are all in this together it is not a war, it is a love-in "for Human-Centric Solutions."

Our transformation opportunity is 2B IoT-Ready and uses our combined knowledge of what we know and what we do not know to gracefully and purposefully connect humans to our large inventory of soulless buildings exposing only our best surprise face from our mask.

Footnote; From the raw logs of our digital surroundings we need to gather inspiration and create a vision of our transformation and imaging how we want the world to see us.  We need to carve our digitalized world into a shape never before seen, in a process that blurs the lines between science and art but inside that transformation is yet another amazing transformation opportunity to create a better image of ourselves.



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