In 1965, at the instigation of Warner Sinback, a data network based on this voice-phone network was designed to connect GE's four computer sales and service centers (Schenectady, New York, Chicago, and Phoenix) to facilitate a computer time-sharing service, apparently the world's first commercial online service. (In addition to selling GE computers, the centers were computer service bureaus, offering batch processing services. They lost money from the beginning, and Sinback, a high-level marketing manager, was given the job of turning the business around. He decided that a time-sharing system, based on Kemney's work at Dartmouth—which used a computer on loan from GE—could be profitable. Warner was right.)
The IoT will be here sooner rather than later, for now it is a trend that is running fast to become a reality. Under this fact it is essential that we demand public access to technological knowledge about the IoT. Technology moves faster than the development of proper legal measures and action to regulate it. We need to ask how can we be certain that the IoT is something that will not harm our privacy and safety. Who is building this technology and who owns it? What institutions could we approach in case of concern or discomfort? Where is the line between what is legal and what is illegal? How much information are we willing to provide/compromise to these interconnected devices? What happens if we choose not to participate in this technology? What is it necessary to arise greater public interest in what are the implications of the interconnectivity of all the devices that rule our environmental daily life and habitus? All these questions are genuine and each one of them deserves an answer.