As the widespread adoption of smartphones brought our population online, networked systems generated incredible value across sectors, creating entirely new economies. Systems as diverse as taxi hailing and deep sea research are enabled by GPS in smartphones. Yet many of today’s buildings remain analog. This is not for lack of sophistication – technologies are emerging that are bringing buildings online. Embedded digital/physical systems form an Internet of Things (IoT), in buildings, are generating a tremendous amount of spatial data relating to temperature change, movement, and interaction.
Today, IoT is thought of in a mechanistic way. The premise of this session, however, is that IoT, connected devices and building systems are merging into new, more human paradigm, the Internet of Bodies (IoB), and that we should engage with its future. IoB is a fundamental transformation for the workplace, enabling collaboration, flexibility, dynamism and real estate efficiency... but also raising questions of privacy, management practices, encryption, and access. Every one of us has experienced architecture (whether as employees, managers or passive users) and we all have a stake in determining its future. Only through informed debate and productive engagement can we chart the most desirable path forward.