Steve Wozniak, Co Founder of Apple Inc and Chief Scientist Primary Data, was an invited guest speaker at the Gartner Symposium ITXpo 2015, held in Dubai, UAE, in the middle of May. In discussion with David Willis, Gartner Vice President and Distinguished Analyst, Wozniak covered a wide range of topics.
For Wozniak, the Internet of Things is a vague term, because it covers hundreds of thousands of product categories, and is also hard to define.
Unlike the Internet and dotcom bubble, when things could not really change fast, you cannot stop the Internet of Things from happening. Devices are going to be notifying you where ever you go, like little personal assistants. The machines of the future are going to run the world more intelligently than humans today. And in order to do so they may want to control every single thing that moves on earth and every computer. Wozniak lightly points out, computers of the future are probably even sending us humans messages telling us to build what is called the Internet of Things.
However company culture can slow down the advance of Internet of Things and Artificial Intelligence. When a new form of technology take life in a new direction, it is called disruption. But companies keep building the same products and cannot switch over or change their products easily, especially when they are making money. And this makes it hard to tell when a company is
in trouble, especially if they are threatened by disruption.