– Jenna Dutcher and Ken Sinclair
Jenna Dutcher is the community relations
manager for UC Berkeley’s datascience@berkeley degree – the first and
only online Master of Information and Data Science. Follow
datascience@berkeley on Twitter and Facebook for news and updates.
What is datascience@berkeley?
The new Master
of Information and Data Science degree at the
UC Berkeley School of
Sinclair: What is datascience@berkeley?
is the new Master
of Information and Data Science degree at the UC Berkeley School of
Information. The degree offers coursework
in everything from
machine learning to privacy, security, and ethics of data, topics that
are highly relevant to the Internet of Things. As the connected
world goes online, experts will be needed who can ensure that
constantly connected devices are keeping our data safe and secure so it
can be used to its full potential without privacy concerns.
Sinclair: What is the datascience@berkeley Internet of Things glossary?
One of the things we pride ourselves on
at datascience@berkeley is making our content relevant to our
audience. We realized we were hearing a lot about the Internet of
Things, but that there are still some questions about what that
actually is comprised of. There are some great sites around the
web that work to define what the Internet of Things is in a very
comprehensive manner (Internet of Things Guide
both come to
mind) and we knew that wasn’t our niche; instead, we wanted to do a
brief overview, and thought the best way to go about this would be to
pick one representative word for each letter of the alphabet to give
our readers a broad look at the Internet of Things. The end
result was our “From A to Z in the Internet of Things
Sinclair: Why focus on the Internet of Things above other hot topics?
Gartner’s 2014 Hype Cycle
, which was
just released a few weeks back, shows the “Internet of Things” passing
“Big Data” as the most hyped phrase of the year. Obviously,
interest in the Internet of Things is skyrocketing. We realized,
however, that many people are still unsure about what the Internet of
Things is - or, at least, what its terminology means. Most people
understand what sensors are, but what about domotics? Who are the
big names and companies in the field? These are the kinds of
questions we tried to answer.
Sinclair: What got you personally interested in the Internet of Things?
Dutcher: As I mentioned, there’s a lot of public
interest in this topic, but I was first attracted to the field when I
noticed it started impacting my life via health and medical
wearables. I have family members who have gone from needing ten
shots a day to manage diabetes to sporting insulin pumps that do the
work for them and manage the disease better than they ever could.
As more devices like this come online, healthcare is getting savvier
and less invasive. I would love to see a world where patients
could press a button and transmit their tracking data to their doctors;
or, better yet, one where we’ve gotten efficient enough with the energy
and transmission requirements that doctors are passively tracking this
data 24/7 and can simply call up a patient for a consult when they
start to notice a problem.
Sinclair: Where can people go to learn more about the Internet of Things?
Dutcher: Just like with any other “hyped” topic,
I’d recommend immersing yourself in the field to get a better idea of
its content. Attend conferences like Solid, which is a robotics
and connectivity conference put on by O’Reilly Media each year.
Read anything and everything you can get your hands on - books like
“The Naked Future” by Patrick Tucker do a good job of showing how
ubiquitous connectivity is going to change our world for good.
Above all else, pay attention. The Internet of Things is becoming
omnipresent, yes, but it’s also changing every day as new startups are
launched and new technologies are introduced. By keeping up with
the news as it happens, you can ensure you’re always at the forefront
of the field.
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