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HUMANS DON'T SCALE: The Future of the Internet of Things

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Come and hear new CL visitor Pilgrim Beart introduce himself. Pilgrim will share some experiences of building an early Internet of Things platform, and talk about the future of the IoT: Why is it happening now (or not) and what are the opportunities and challenges of connecting billions of devices in our homes, offices & factories.

Topics include: We cannot all be the centre; What are the common needs that all IoT applications share?; What features do all IoT customers want?; The rise of horizontal platforms. Interesting problems, including: Common Semantics; Debugging distributed systems; Gossip protocols; “Rules” that move automatically move/partition to run in the right place; Energy efficiency; Are nodes in a Pubsub graph rather like neurons?

Pilgrim Beart FIET has a passion to change the world for the better. He has 25 years’ experience leading innovation in ground breaking, high-technology companies, three of which he co-founded. After a degree in Computer Engineering, Pilgrim designed innovative computer systems at start-ups in Cambridge and Oxford, then for six years led technology teams in three start-ups in Silicon Valley. In 1998 he headed back to his home town of Cambridge, UK where over the past 15 years he has co-founded three companies: activeRF (indoor location systems), antenova (multi-band smartphone antenna systems), and AlertMe (a Smart Home platform used for Home Energy Management) where he is currently Founder Director. Recent talks listed at

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