American writer Bruce Sterling gives Strelka a preview of his electronic essay, “The Internet of Things,” which is published by Strelka Press.
As part of his presentation, Sterling will go over some of the key ideas that formed the basis for the book, in which he calls into question the absolute benefit of the Internet of Things – that is, technology that connects objects, allowing them to exchange information. A world in which all our everyday gadgets can communicate with one another might seem almost ideal at first, but is that really the case?
If you ask Sterling, the Internet of Things ultimately serves the interests of the technology giants and their massive game with users. Afterall, they are the ones who have transformed the so-called “smart cities” and “smart homes” in a self-fulfilling prophecy. Sterling offers a lower assessment of the public benefit of these technologies, removing the veil over a sphere in which there is simply too much money and desire to keep a tight control over the whole world.
Bruce Sterling is an American science fiction writer, journalist, literary critic, and contributing editor at Wired, as well as one of the founding fathers of the cyberpunk movement. Sterling first gained worldwide fame for his newspaper coverage on hackers, while his own writing has established a special status for cyberpunk and steampunk within non-fiction literature.