Over the past few months I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about the future of the Internet of Things – and how we’re all going to bring that future into the present. Some of this thinking has been with my most recent startup AlertMe, some with the IoTA forum led by ARM, and some at the Cambridge University Computer Lab where I’m currently a Visitor.
We are not going to solve all the interoperability challenges by getting everyone to use a single standard. But I’ve come to the conclusion that we don’t need to, because most of the API paradigms and data representations in use today can be machine-translated into each other, IF we use common semantics. I recently shared some thoughts on this in an informal talk at the Computer Lab.