Mozilla’s Internet Health Report is out: There are fewer news stories this week because I got sucked into this mammoth report that covers everything from security and openness to privacy and AI. I’ll be pulling some of the insights into a larger story next week, but that’s no reason you guys shouldn’t know that it is out and it’s worth a chunk of your time. The authors in the report’s articles offer individual recommendations for those who want a better internet, as well as public policy suggestions. It’s grim reading with a soupcon of hope. (Mozilla)
How to compete against Amazon and Google in the smart home: This is one of those articles I wish I had written. It’s a good collection of stories that most smart home nerds can intuit, but it’s nice to see it all together with a clear thesis. Basically, it covers how August, Netatmo, Wyze, and Simplisafe plan to compete against security offerings from Amazon and Google. Plus, if we really do want to keep Amazon and Google concerned about improving privacy features and other consumer-friendly elements of their products, it’s important to have competition. (Fast Company)
MIT kindly labels our AI fears: MIT researchers have created a field of study dedicated to how AI develops and interacts with humans and call it machine behavior. This field will evaluate how AI algorithms affect people and our environs, I suppose it’s too hard to ask people to optimize for the world around them as opposed to greater profits or efficiency. (ZDnet)
Now there’s a dedicated gateway for building automation: Right now, the tech industry is adapting to the reality when it comes to IoT. After a few years of throwing parts at customers and hoping they’d assemble those parts themselves, the tech world realized pre-packaged solutions were the way to go. In this vein, Adesto has released a machine-automation system in a box for customers who want a gateway to talk to their building automation systems. The new SmartServer IoT server and software will handle the messy business of translating building protocols and provide a web interface for clients to manage their newly connected operational technology system. (New Electronics)
This is a deep dive on IT security in hospitals: This report from security firm Vectra takes a look at the expanding attack surface in hospitals, but it also pulls in a lot of charts and data about attacks and the types of threats facing other industries as the embed more technology into their operations, and as more of them become targets for ransomware or hacks. (Vectra)
Look! A RISC-V processor designed for speech recognition: It’s time to follow me into the nerdy world of chip architectures. RISC-V, which I’ve written about before, is a new, open-source architecture that will compete with ARM or Intel’s x86 architecture. The key benefit of RISC-V is that it makes it much cheaper to build new chips. SiFive, a company that provides tools for designing RISC-V chips and chipmaker QuickLogic are using RISC-V to build a series of systems on a chip for the IoT including one that will provide always-on listening. Making such processors cheaper will allow new use cases for voice-activated devices. (SiFive)
This is a must-read for computer architecture fans: This week Clear Ventures said it raised $180 million for a second fund dedicated to Industry 4.0. Chris Rust, a founding partner at Clear Ventures spoke with me at length about his view on what needs to change for a world where IoT creates a distributed computing system for AI. I talk about that a bit on the podcast. But he also spoke about the future infrastructure needs for apps and services in that world and pointed me to a blog post he wrote. It provides a clear synopsis of how a lot of tech nerds I speak with are rethinking their infrastructure. If you’d like to understand what’s brewing check it out. (LinkedIn)
Updated: This post was updated on May 6, 2019, to correct the product name of Adesto’s new server. It is SmartServer IoT, not OpenEdge.
LUX Products says
Your IoT newsletter “Lessons Learned In Moving My Smart Home” was very interesting, we wanted to highlight a few points around your LUX KONO Smart
The likelihood of eavesdropping on the new homeowner is next to impossible. You mentioned taking your WIFI router with the username and password when you moved to your new home. This would mean that your KONO Smart is no longer connected to the internet. Unless the new home owner creates the exact same WIFI name and password by chance (highly unlikely) then KONO will remain offline until the home owner goes through the re-provisioning process. Since you deleted the thermostat from your account, the new homeowner will be able to re-provision without contacting tech-support
Stacey Higginbotham says
Excellent. That is good to know. Obviously, I no interest in “eavesdropping” but it feels good knowing I can’t.
John Downey says
I want to use Wireshark to monitor my outgoing packets from the router to the internet. I have several IOT devices in my house, and I want to check where the packets are going. I know on a commercial router this is done by mirroring your outgoing port to another port and perform a packet on the mirrored port. Is there a home wifi router that can perform port mirroring? I want to use Wireshark to monitor my outgoing packets from the router to the internet. I know on a commercial router this is done by mirroring your outgoing port to another port and perform a packet on the mirrored port. Is there a home wifi router that can perform port mirroring