Jaron Lanier, who wrote this well-received book Who Owns The Future (WOTF), is associated with Microsoft Research and has been active in connected things and big data for a very long time. He loves the world of distributed instruments and big data.
We talked to Lanier in Amsterdam at our Executive Summit on all sorts of topics, for instance his emphasis on the human face of big data and how this also reflects the internet of things. In the end the Internet of Things is about people, not things.
Lanier also argues for the case of smarter people in stead of the deterministic view of smarter technology.