The ever-increasing use of connected, software-enabled technologies in almost every facet of our home, communities, and workplace is a trend that will endure. We have succeeded in labeling it—the “Internet of Things” (IoT)—and valuing it (trillions). But where will it lead, and what does the future mean for public technology policy? What are the driving forces behind this wave of technology, and can we guide it to a more useful tomorrow? When software is connected and works on more than data, when property, lives, and other aspects of our world are at risk, how do we embrace the changes but keep the potential for harm in check? This article explores these questions along with approaches for establishing a marketplace that addresses them.
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