This Week in Context, on the importance of smartphone sensor and social data for healthcare, music that creates itself based on your driving style, and why you should demand the right to access and use your data- your digital breadcrumbs.
That smart agent we're all talking about, it is not hidden somewhere in your smartphone. It's all the underlying technology - mobile, sensors, data, cloud, analytics, prediction algorithms, .. - and all devices connected to this, that will make for everybody having their own personal army of specialized, context-aware smart agents, with each its own expertise.
Can you imagine your car painting a picture of you based on how you drive? Would you - dare - share that portrait with your Facebook friends and mom? Or would you rather have an app that automatically picks up the tap when you're dining out? In This Week in Context, there's Cover, the Rise sit-tracker, Art is Motion and Salesforce 1 's connection to the Internet of Things.
Can smartphones ever become smart agents? Touches on the age of context, computing in function of living, the four phases of cognizant computing according to Gartner (Sync Me, See Me, Know Me, Be Me), monetization of context, and being part of your customer's story.
First and foremost, I must apologize for last week's lapse and lacking of the Week in Context. There was the O'Reilley Strata conference demo day coming up, and we were quite busy polishing our Jini context platform and its workers, and trimming David's beard, as to make a good impression. (And we did!) This week, it's back to business, with news on lie detecting neck tattoos, Scanadu and the Basic Watch.
We've got the chance to premier our contextualization platform to a large crowd at the O'Reilly Strata Conference, one of the most prestigious conferences to attend, demo or speak for anyone active in the industry of big data, semantics or machine learning. We've also caught quite a few interesting talks and keynotes, and listed the best for you.
This week, don't miss out on exciting news about the Nexus 5's onboard sensors, and some great advances for mHealth. There's a call for more context-aware security in IT from The Guardian, and Mozilla steps up to create a public service that provides geolocation lookups.
The Industry Track saw a great lineup of talks over a variety of subjects. From the tools for mapping relational databases to semantic representations, over the OData intiative of Microsoft, to the deeply personal motivation of the OntoForce founder to build a better healthcare data research system. And of course, David's presentation about semantic technologies for context-aware applications
'Hier vloekt men niet. Facebook ziet alles', aims to offer the general public better insights into what information social networks collect and store, and how these networks use this data. One of the main takeaways of the book is about user empowerment; companies should be clear on which information they collect and how they intend to use it, so users can make well informed decisions.
Eight hours a week. That's the time I spend in my car, driving to and from work. For four of those eight hours, I'm stuck in traffic. This leaves me more than enough time to wonder if this whole 'traffic thing' can't be managed better. So I could not have been more excited when hearing about the Stride Project and the General Motors Developer programme . It looks like soon we'll be making the most out of our individual and collective generated vehicle data.