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Courtesy of Jim Merithew/Wired
Courtesy of Jim Merithew/Wired

Internet. Things. Add the “Of” and suddenly these three simple words become a magic meme — the theme all week at CES, the oft-heralded prediction that may have finally arrived in 2013.

While not devoid of hype and hyperbole, the Internet of Things (IoT) does represent a revolution happening right now. Companies of all kinds — not just technology and telecommunications firms — are linking “things” as diverse as smartphones, cars and household appliances to industrial-strength sensors, each other and the internet. The technical result may be mundane features such as intercommunication and autonomous machine-to-machine (M2M) data transfer, but the potential benefits to lifestyles and businesses are huge.

But … with great opportunity comes great responsibility. Along with its conveniences, the IoT will unveil unprecedented security challenges: in data privacy, safety, governance and trust.

The Internet of Things Has Arrived – And So Have Massive Security Issues | DFI News.

Star Trek Create A Tricorder, Win $10 Million

Back in June, 2011, StarTrek.com reported that, inspired in large part by Star Trek, the not-for-profit organization X PRIZE Foundation and communications giant Qualcomm planned to launch a contest that would ultimately bestow $10 million upon anyone or any team that could develop a practical, lightweight, mobile, real-world version of Star Trek’s fictional tricorder that everyday folks could use at home, without the presence of a doctor or health care provider, to evaluate health issues. Well, the time is now, as it was announced earlier this week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas that phase one of the contest has officially kicked off.

“I’m probably the first guy who’s here in Vegas,” said X Prize Foundation chairman and CEO Peter Diamandis, “who would be happy to lose $10 million.”

It remains to be seen if anyone – a doctor, scientist, entrepreneur, engineer, or some combination thereof — can actually create a device worthy of such an otherworldly bounty, as it would be a daunting challenge to meet the contest’s requirements, among them that the tricorder condense all the necessary technology into a single gadget that weighs no more than five pounds and that is capable of registering key health metrics and diagnosing a set of 15 diseases (yet to be named, as final details won’t be ready until September).

Still, just as Star Trek spurred the contest, the contest is intended to spur the transformation of healthcare via integrated diagnostic technology.

“The tricorder that was used by Spock and Bones inspires a vision of what healthcare will look like in the future,” Diamandis stated to the audience at CES, according to BBC News and other media outlets. “It will be wireless, mobile and minimally or non-invasive. It may use digital imaging. It may be sequencing your DNA on the spot to tell you if you are allergic to something you just ate.”

The good news for those venturing to create a Star Trek-style tricorder?

“We don’t,” Diamandis noted, “have a requirement that it make the same noise.”

Star Trek Create A Tricorder, Win $10 Million.