This is a question pointed out by Bill Briggs, CTO of Deloitte Consulting, in an article for Techcrunch. The idea of a fully automated house, or of intelligent devices able to fulfil most of our necessities from afar just by using a Wi-Fi connection, is quite interesting. But the thing is, is it really that necessary?
Briggs warns against the risk of being flooded by an enormous amount of data, which might divert our original projects and for which progress can be stalled, instead of increasing opportunities for business. The secret, according to Briggs, lies in partnering the efficiency of connected devices with creating more value for the individual.
Creating value is what really makes the difference in any innovation. To innovate does not mean merely inventing something that did not exist before, but it also means to change our own mind-set, the attitude towards the world around us, the attitude towards others to change (and for the better) the status quo.
This is the meaning we want to share with our students in LUISS. We want them to be “infected” by the enthusiasm of making their world a better place; we want them to invent new things, but also to be able to re-invent themselves; we want them to finish university, fully aware that creating value for others will benefit them in primis. And we want robots to be an addition to the contribution they will give to change the present and to shape the future.
The Internet of some things.