Measuring people’s happiness using #IoT wireless signals

By measuring subtle changes in breathing and heart rhythms, EQ-Radio is 87 percent accurate at detecting if a person is excited, happy, angry or sad – and can do so without on-body sensors or facial-recognition software.

Source: EQ-Radio: Detecting emotions with wireless signals | Robohub

Potentially scary: #IoT systems might be used to surveil all of us and record whether or not we are happy, angry, and so forth. Imagine a police surveillance state that scans individuals as they shop in a mall, board a bus, or walk through an airport – and subject you to additional scrutiny – because your ObamaCare premiums went up by 30% and you are feeling sad and angry.

Many #IoT devices do not support software updates, cannot patch security holes

And even if they can be updated, consumers and customers must visit the manufacturer’s web site, download a patch and then manually update firmware in the device. Which means even those that may be updated are unlikely to receive timely updates.

Source: No wonder we’re being hit by Internet of Things botnets. Ever tried patching a Thing? • The Register

#IOT adoption slower in health care, utilities and government

IDC’s report found that IoT adoption was on the low side in the healthcare and utility industries, mainly because of worries about compliance with regulations. Governments are also slow adopters, despite the heavy promotion of so-called “smart cities” by numerous vendors.

Source: Businesses like the Internet of Things, but they’re not doing it right | SiliconANGLE

Industrial automation will lead to autonomous/no workers factories

“You will see completely lights out factories for manufacturing,” said Rowan Trollope, senior vice president and general manager of Cisco Systems’ IoT and Collaboration Technology Group. “You’re going to see manufacturing technologies that are even easier to automate … that are really going to transform manufacturing.”

Source: 8 Internet Of Things And UC Technologies You’ll See In 10 Years – Page: 1 | CRN

This is also somewhat true for the service industry. A combination of automation and self service will reduce labor requirements. Long ago, the ATM machine did indeed reduce the need for bank tellers. Service service check outs at stores (grocery, hardware, department stores) has reduced staff needs. Some restaurants are using apps for self order/data entry by customers, and others are using a combination of self order kiosks and customer self service (Think of filling your own soft drink cup at a fast food restaurant.)

Minimum wage laws, the new requirement in some locales to pre-schedule workers two weeks in advance, and the expense of health insurance will cause a rush to replacing labor with automation. These changes were going to happen eventually but new costs associated with labor will accelerate this change.

To the extent this frees up labor to purse other, higher valued added functions, this can be a net positive with improved economic efficiency. However many will not be in a position to migrate upwards to provide higher value – this will cause disruption and hardship that will lead to government legislation that requires economic inefficiency.

A good example of the latter is Oregon’s law that prohibits individuals from pumping their own gas into their own car. Oregon is the only state in the U.S. that outlaws self service fueling of your own vehicle. This is a “make work” law – and consumers pay for it in the form of higher prices and longer waits for service and refueiling. Yet that is how government responds to this sort of problem. Next: A ban on using apps to self order at restaurants? Who knows.

Botnot of #IOT devices used in #DDoS attack on web site

Preliminary indications are that the DDoS attack used, in part, a network of unsecured IoT devices.

The 620 Gbps DDoS attack was built on a massive botnet.

Source: Renowned blog KrebsOnSecurity hit with massive DDoS attack – Computer Business Review

Data files describing 3D-Printed Guns are not “free speech”, says Court

If I understand this, the Court is saying that technical descriptions of “something” are not considered “free speech”. That could have implications for the government restricting software development (such as cryptography or e-commerce or e-medicine) or the 3D printing specification files for any number of items that the government decides it does not want us to share.

According to a landmark court ruling handed down this week, citing national security

Source: 3D-Printed Gun Files Aren’t Free Speech, Court Rules | Popular Science

Additive Manufacturing (aka 3D Printing) poised for industrial applications and growth

The key take away is that “additive manufacturing” is moving from the rapid prototyping of parts stage into a new kind of manufacturing.

Source: The Additive Manufacturing/3D World: Vast And Valuable (Part 1) | Seeking Alpha

Procter & Gamble reduces number of factories, increases automation and robotics

Ultimately, it means P&G’s signature products, such as Tide detergent and Pampers diapers, will be made in fewer, but larger manufacturing plants, and ones with more robots and automation that reduce personnel.

Source: Procter & Gamble consolidates plants, adds automation

Pharmacy automation to see strong growth through 2020

Automation systems such as packaging and labeling systems, medication dispensing system, storage and retrieval systems, table-top counters and compounding systems are employed in order improve the efficacy of regular jobs within pharmacies. The market is expected to grow owing to features including system integration that increases productivity and time to clinicians for patient care, thereby lowering medication errors.

Source: Pharmacy Automation Devices Market Worth $8.99 Billion By 2020