RvK: Building a new notion notion of the ‘middle’ in and with Internet of Things

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RvK: Building a new notion notion of the ‘middle’ in and with Internet of Things
30/12/2020 – 08:44

In Europe we may have experienced a brief period of relatively messiness and informal groupings with the making of Raspberry Pi  (2012), Libelium (2006) – Alicia Asín talks in 2012 on crowdsourcing Fukushima’s radiation monitors, bootstrapping a startup and how the internet of things could strengthen democratic,.  – and especially the Arduino ecosystem, coming out of IVREA intended to be a learning platform for designers to learn about hardware and how to interact with engineers. This was the period when not even a million or two could be found to keep the first bottom up IoT platform Pachube European. Advisors deeply embedded  in EC policy and  startup alliances stated: there is no business case. It then became LogmeIn and after a few business iterations has recently been acquired by Google.  Alongside this ’tinkering’  revolution the success of the Meetup concept – local, informal meetings – is logical.  I started #IoT Meetup Gent in 2014  . It helped me to realize how incredibly  horizontal #IoT is, as relations between companies, institutions, citizens and service providers changes in a. predictable way anywhere. In Europe this change professionalizes so fast that vertical interaction between local tinkering solutions,  everyday business and innovation from below becomes impossible as the providers of data storage moved closer and closer to the enterprise software suites. Building on existing tasks and incrementally adding connectivity the cloud providers gradually began to create the strategic and  operational #IoT frameworks, diminishing the opportunities for creative ausiosyncratic local solutions; the “worldwide cloud market  grew 33% to $36.5 billion. AWS has 32% of the market and generated more revenue than the next three largest combined, Azure is at 19% of the market, Google Cloud at 7%, Alibaba Cloud close behind at 6%, and other clouds with 37%. “

As 18 member States join forces for a European initiative on processors and semiconductor technologies and commit to work together to bolster Europe’s electronics and embedded systems value chain and strengthen leading-edge manufacturing capacity,  it is the responsibility of aligning the hundred+ Next Generation Internet projects  (especially the innovations from the open calls) with the existing mature bottom up  Arduino, Libelium, Raspberry Pi and recently moved to Brussels Eclipse  ecosystems, that should be the key focus. Booting sovereignty from regulated chip architectures will keep data, information and value inside a plethora of kenners the actual service architecture of which runs on disposable identities , thereby fully decoupling the gaze of the panopticon and the unique and idiosyncratic personal existence of you and me and him and her until we feel safe enough as a society to be fully transparent to great wide open. 

I have always been fascinated by the notion of the ‘under’ world. I sought it with a shovel, I sought it with care , yet I only found soil or some empty holes, and always a lot of water. There simply is no underworld. The world is quite flat. There are just doors, to houses, rooms, barns, cellars, attics… doors that you can open only to find other doors. But eventually you can open them all. The term ‘under” is engineered to work in a such a way that you can keep digging forever and still be convinced you can be right in ‘finding’ something down there. Then you give up. That is exactly the purpose of coining it that way. A similar problem I have with the notion of scale. 


A Kenner for the Middle that no longer is a middle, just Life.
Short narrative report by Rob van Kranenburg  from NGI FORWARD salon Dialogue on Identity (with ELONTECH),with David Li (Open Innovation Lab, Shenzhen), David Cuarteilles (Arduino) and Adèle Yaroulina (TETRA, ngi.business.eu) A larger and more focused report by Gaëlle Le Gars and Rob van Kranenburg is forthcoming on what constitute “infrastructure” in the context of stimulating innovation in opensource hardware/software, what governance format to support greatly reduced cost to operations for any open innovation ecosystem spanning local, national or EU network of potential participants.

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