How will society interact with the Internet of Things?

October 6, 2016
By Clinton J. Andrews, Professor, Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University

It is pretty much a given that social, economic, and political forces shape the demand for new technologies. Demography is “destiny” in the sense that the demand for new products and services depends on the number of people and on their ages, genders, locations, and cultural heritages. Economics also matter because the arrangement of economic activities and the amount and distribution of wealth affords some people the opportunity to purchase new goods and services while constraining the ability of others. Politics plays a messier role by providing ways for incumbents to hinder the entry of competitive new technologies and at the same time allowing enthusiasts opportunities to direct subsidies to favored options.

IEEE Future Directions and IEEE IoT, Oct. 5

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