Internet of Things: "More 1876 than 1995"
“Everyone will be affected by this collision of hardware and software, by the merging of the virtual and real,” he says. “It’s really a watershed moment in technology and culture. We’re at one of those tipping points of history again, where everything shifts to a different reality. That’s what the 1876 exposition was all about. It’s one thing to read about the exposition’s Corliss engine, but it would’ve been a wholly different experience to stand in that exhibit hall and see, feel, and hear its 1,400 horsepower at work, driving thousands of machines. It is that sensory experience that we intend to capture with [O’Reilly’s upcoming Internet-of-Things-related conference] Solid. When people look back in 150 years, we think they could well say, ‘This is when they got it. This is when they understood.’”