Thursday, 4 June 2015

The rise of the connected machines

Visitors look at a screen displaying a smart city system at the 18th China Beijing International High-Tech Expo in Beijing, China, 13 May 2015. Photograph: Wu Hong/EPA

The internet is entering a new phase. Two billion people are already online, and now objects are getting connected too. Computer chips in cars, buildings and everyday items such as clothes, accessories, watches and fridges are creating a world where objects can talk to one another digitally. This is the internet of things, the internet of everything, where billions of devices can hook up.

To discuss how the internet of everything will transform the startup ecology of the UK, the Guardian, in association with US technology company Cisco, invited entrepreneurs, business advisers and innovators to a roundtable discussion.

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