Reading the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) feels rather as Bill Murray’s character Phil Connors must have felt in the 1993 film Groundhog Day when he found himself in a time loop, repeating the same day again and again.
Many years ago, as an active twenty-something, I spent very much more of my time pondering what volume of alcohol I could safely drink than I ever spent thinking what I should be eating. Sadly those days are long gone, and like a growing proportion of the population as a whole, I am increasingly obsessed with the health implications of my daily diet.
The Internet of Things (“IoT”) may be a fancy term but its applications are already lurking in our daily life. Since the Fukushima nuclear disaster, we can get access to real-time radiation Geiger counter readings online throughout Japan, thanks to the data from sensors provided by the government as well as individuals. Traffic data on Google Maps is another example of the IoT.