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Trillions and Trillions of Devices Everywhere

Posted November 25, 2013 12:00 AM by dondingee

Somewhere in my font of near-useless TV trivia sticks a moment that perfectly defines marketing the Internet of Things. Searching IMDb quickly revealed the source of the memory as "Shadow Chasers", a short-lived 1985 TV series about a team searching for the paranormal.

In the opening minutes of the first episode, we meet tabloid reporter Edgar 'Benny' Benedek (portrayed by Dennis Dugan of "Happy Gilmore" fame) who has a high-concept pitch for a story: Elvis Presley as extraterrestrial. His editor says he needs some kind of proof to run with it, and he needs it fast to make deadline. Benny thinks for a few seconds, and then picks up the phone.

He calls Carl Sagan, astronomer and author and host of "Cosmos", during the 1980s the most widely watched series in the history of public television. We only hear Benny's side of the conversation asking Sagan point-blank about the possibility that Elvis was an alien, and verifying Sagan's response saying he was astonished that anyone would call him and ask such a ludicrous question. The resulting headline emblazoned across the next edition:

Elvis Was An Alien, Sagan Astonished

I'm reminded of that every time I see the beloved "hockey stick". Hyperbolic technology growth projections extrapolated from a shred of fact and voiced with conviction by industry leaders draw in more participants. Take this headline, inspired by the recent TSensors Summit:

Millions are boring, billions are interesting, but trillions get people all worked up if the story is good enough. This assertion is completely plausible even if actual growth doesn't exactly match the hyperbole, as charted below in various projections of worldwide sensor population.

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11/25/2013 11:01 PM

I refer Mr. Dingee to Abraham Lincolns saying: "You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time." with the applicable emphasis on the emphasized text.

Mass hysteria always seems to works better than mini hysteria...everytime.

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11/26/2013 12:14 AM

I wouldn't put the IoT in the "hysteria" category. It is happening and it will be big. The question is how big, how soon. 50 billion devices is probably very conservative, while trillions may be overly optimistic. I believe in the potential, especially if the issues I've mentioned and others get solved sooner rather than later.

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11/25/2013 11:54 PM

In USA/Canada, all exept native indians are aliens,came from various parts of the world.

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11/26/2013 6:23 AM

But where did they come from ?

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11/26/2013 7:03 AM

Europe,Mideast,Asia,Africa,South america,Austrtalia etc

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11/26/2013 7:35 AM

So,,, they are Aliens as well !

At some point we all came from some where else,
you just have to think of who was the first, but even then, they came from some where else.


God ? (there are numerious, pick any of your choice ) space aliens ? evolution?

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11/26/2013 9:32 AM

Each country/community has more than 3000 years of history but USA(aliens) only about 400years

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11/26/2013 11:29 AM

So does that mean in 2,600 years we would no longer be aliens?

And by the way, USA is a country separate from Canada and Mexico. Mexicans are made up of Europeans too, so are Canadians and so are Brazilians as well Australians.

While it's true, the continent of North American was inhabited by Native American Indians (or Indigenous Peoples or whatever the politically correct term of the day is) prior to 1,492, those natives were not a country. They were individual tribes. Yes, the Europeans displaced them (battles, agreements, arguments, etc.). The country of the USA and Canada for the matter, was founded by the descendants of the Europeans. Therefore we are not aliens.

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11/26/2013 11:49 AM

Britishers,French,Germans,Spaniards,Italians,Belgians ruled Asia,Africa,South america, Australia, Mideast etcbut after 2nd worldwar they left by giving "independence" to natives who were mostly tribes with several leaders. Only in America aliens rule still after killing natives.

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11/26/2013 12:17 PM

Australia as it exists today was founded by Europeans, they have not left. The Aborigines do not have sole possession of that island.

The British, French Germans, Spaniards, Italians, and Belgians may have left Asia and Africa, but they haven't left Germany, France, Spain, England, Belgium or Italy.

America also left, Africa and Asia after WWII, and Europe too. Americans (citizens of the USA) are not going to leave the USA...where would they go? The majority are not citizens of the UK, or Germany or France or Belgium or Spain.

The killing of American Indians by non-American Indians centuries ago, was not the only killing that occurred. It went both ways. The end result may have been that more Indians were killed than colonists, but what does that mean? In most any conflict the winner generally suffers less damage or casualties than the loser.

This is history....it happened, things are how they are now and if you think American ancestors are the only ones guilty of killing via war or for land, you mistaken.

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In some asian undeveloped countries,natives learnt everything from foreigners,even from another community which lived there for thousand years,after getting independence they (majority)want minorities to leave so that they can have one race,one language,one religion in those countries. When Hitler killed jews no body helped Jews but UN was not there. Now in the presence of UN,horrible killings,ethnic killings,racism,religious madness going on,who can solve. Religion & language are used weapons of racism/terrorism while super powers say negotiate with your killers,why,why can't they kill attackers?.

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C'est la vie, pnaban. It is the history of humankind in a nutshell that you have stated.

about 100,000,000 died from WWl and WWll combined.

60,000,000-72,000,000 - World War II (1939-1945), (see World War II casualties)[39][40]
30,000,000-60,000,000 - Mongol Conquests (13th century) (see Mongol invasions and Tatar invasions)[41][42][43][44]
25,000,000 - Manchu conquest of Ming China (1616-1662)[45]
20,000,000-70,000,000 - World War I (1914-1918) (see World War I casualties) note that the larger number includes Spanish flu deaths
20,000,000 - Taiping Rebellion (China, 1851-1864) (see Dungan revolt)[46]
20,000,000 - Second Sino-Japanese War (1931-1945)[47]
10,000,000 - Warring States Era (China, 475 BC-221 BC)
7,000,000 - 20,000,000 Conquests of Timur the Lame (1360-1405) (see List of wars in the Muslim world)[48][49]
5,000,000-9,000,000 - Russian Civil War (1917-1921)[50]
5,000,000 - Conquests of Menelik II of Ethiopia (1882- 1898)[51][52]
3,800,000 - Second Congo War (1998-2004)[53]
3,500,000-6,000,000 - Napoleonic Wars (1804-1815) (see Napoleonic Wars casualties)
3,000,000-11,500,000 - Thirty Years' War (1618-1648)[54]
3,000,000-7,000,000 - Yellow Turban Rebellion (China, 184-205)
2,500,000-3,500,000 - Korean War (1950-1953) (see Cold War)[55]
2,300,000-3,800,000 - Vietnam War (entire war 1945-1975)
300,000-1,300,000 - First Indochina War (1945-1954)
100,000-300,000 - Vietnamese Civil War (1954-1960)
1,750,000-2,100,000 - American phase (1960-1973)
170,000 - Final phase (1973-1975)
175,000-1,150,000 - Secret War (1962-1975)
2,000,000-4,000,000[56] - French Wars of Religion (1562-1598) (see Religious war)
2,000,000 - Shaka's conquests (1816-1828)[57]
300,000-3,000,000[58] - Bangladesh Liberation War
1,500,000-2,000,000 - Afghan Civil War (1979 -)
1,000,000-1,500,000 Soviet intervention (1979-1989)
1,300,000-6,100,000 - Chinese Civil War (1928-1949) note that this figure excludes World War II casualties
300,000-3,100,000 before 1937
1,000,000-3,000,000 after World War II
1,000,000-2,000,000 - Mexican Revolution (1910-1920)[59]
1,000,000 - Iran-Iraq War (1980-1988)[60]
1,000,000 - Japanese invasions of Korea (1592-1598)[61]
1,000,000 - Second Sudanese Civil War (1983-2002)
1,000,000 - Nigerian Civil War (1967-1970)
618,000[62] - 970,000 - American Civil War (including 350,000 from disease) (1861-1865)
900,000-1,000,000 - Mozambique Civil War (1976-1993)
868,000[63] - 1,400,000[64] - Seven Years' War (1756-1763)
800,000 - 1,000,000 - Rwandan Civil War (1990-1994)
800,000 - Congo Civil War (1991-1997)
600,000 to 1,300,000 - First Jewish-Roman War (see List of Roman wars)
580,000 - Bar Kokhba's revolt (132-135CE)
570,000 - Eritrean War of Independence (1961-1991)
550,000 - Somali Civil War (1988 - )
500,000 - 1,000,000 - Spanish Civil War (1936-1939)
500,000 - Angolan Civil War (1975-2002)
500,000 - Ugandan Civil War (1979-1986)
400,000-1,000,000 - War of the Triple Alliance in Paraguay (1864-1870)
400,000 - Darfur conflict (2003-)
400,000 - War of the Spanish Succession (1701-1714)
371,000 - Continuation War (1941-1944)
350,000 - Great Northern War (1700-1721)[65]
315,000 - 735,000 - Wars of the Three Kingdoms (1639-1651) English campaign ~40,000, Scottish 73,000, Irish 200,000-620,000[66]
300,000 - Russian-Circassian War (1763-1864) (see Caucasian War)
300,000 - First Burundi Civil War (1972)
270,000-300,000 - Crimean War (1854-1856)
255,000-1,120,000 - Philippine-American War (1898-1913)
230,000-1,400,000 - Ethiopian Civil War (1974-1991)
220,000 - Liberian Civil War (1989 - )
214,000 - 655,000+ - Iraq War (2003-Present) (see 2003 invasion of Iraq)
200,000 - 1,000,000[67] - Albigensian Crusade (1208-1259)
200,000-800,000 - Warlord era in China (1917-1928)
200,000 - Second Punic War (BC218-BC204) (see List of Roman battles)
200,000 - Sierra Leone Civil War (1991-2000)
200,000 - Algerian Civil War (1991 - )[68][69]
200,000 - Guatemaltec Civil War (1960-1996)
190,000 - Franco-Prussian War (1870-1871)
180,000 - 300,000 - La Violencia (1948-1958)
170,000 - Greek War of Independence (1821-1829)
150,000 - Lebanese Civil War (1975-1990)
150,000 - North Yemen Civil War (1962-1970)
150,000 - Russo-Japanese War (1904-1905)
148,000-1,000,000 - Winter War (1939)
125,000 - Eritrean-Ethiopian War (1998-2000)
120,000 - 384,000 Great Turkish War (1683-1699) (see Ottoman-Habsburg wars)
120,000 - Bosnian War (1992-1995)
120,000 - Third Servile War (BC73-BC71)
117,000 - 500,000 - Revolt in the Vendée (1793-1796)
101,000 - 115,000 - Arab-Israeli conflict (1929- )
100,500 - Chaco War (1932-1935)
100,000 - 1,000,000 - War of the two brothers (1531-1532)
100,000 - 400,000 - Western New Guinea (1984 - ) (see Genocide in West Papua)
100,000 - 200,000 - Indonesian invasion of East Timor (1975-1978)
100,000 - Persian Gulf War (1991)
100,000-1,000,000 - Algerian War of Independence (1954-1962)
100,000 - Thousand Days War (1899-1901)
100,000 - Peasants' War (1524-1525)[70]
80,000 - Third Punic War (BC149-BC146)
75,000 - 200,000? - Conquests of Alexander the Great (BC336-BC323)
75,000 - El Salvador Civil War (1980-1992)
75,000 - Second Boer War (1898-1902)
70,000 - Boudica's uprising (AD60-AD61)
69,000 - Internal conflict in Peru (1980 - )
60,000 - Sri Lanka/Tamil conflict (1983-)
60,000 - Nicaraguan Rebellion (1972-91)
50,000 - 200,000 - First Chechen War (1994-1996)
50,000 - 100,000 - Tajikistan Civil War (1992-1997)
50,000 - Wars of the Roses (1455-1485) (see Wars involving England)
45,000 - Greek Civil War (1945-1949)
41,00-100,000 - Kashmiri insurgency (1989 - )
36,000 - Finnish Civil War (1918)
35,000 - 40,000 - War of the Pacific (1879-1884)
35,000 - 45,000 - Siege of Malta (1565) (see Ottoman wars in Europe)
31,000-100,000 - Second Chechen War (1999 - )
30,000 - Turkey/PKK conflict (1984 - )
30,000 - Sino-Vietnamese War (1979)
23,384 - Indo-Pakistani War of 1971 (December 1971)
23,000 - Nagorno-Karabakh War (1988-1994)
20,000 - 49,600 U.S. Invasion of Afghanistan (2001 - 2002)
15,000-20,000 - Croatian War of Independence (1991-1995)
11,053 - Malayan Emergency (1948-1960)
10,000 - Amadu's Jihad (1810-1818)
7,264-10,000 - Indo-Pakistani War of 1965 (August-September 1965)
7,000-24,000 - American War of 1812 (1812-1815)
7,000 - Kosovo War (1996-1999) (disputed)
5,000 - Turkish invasion of Cyprus (1974)
4,588 - Sino-Indian War (1962)
4,000 - Waziristan War (2004-2006)
4,000 - Irish Civil War (1922-23)
3,700 - Northern Ireland conflict (1969 - 1998)
3,000 - Civil war in Côte d'Ivoire (2002 - )
2,899 - New Zealand Land Wars (1845 - 1872)
2,604-7,000 - Indo-Pakistani War of 1947 (October 1947 - December 1948)
2,000 - Football War (1969)
2,000 - Irish War of Independence (1919-21)
1,975-4,500+ - violence in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict (2000 -)
1,547-2,173+ - 2006 Lebanon War
1,724 - War of Lapland (1945)
1,500 - Romanian Revolution (December 1989)
1,000 - Zapatista uprising in Chiapas (1994)
907 - Falklands War (1982)

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What is your source for these figures & how accurate are they. Normally one should get figures from both parties involved in the war as the ruler always give low figures on enemy side & exaggerate casualties on its side because UN says it is internal affair,they have sovereignty & every government does the same.

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