In Edgar Fleisch’s article, the main argument relates to the question in the piece’s title, “What is the Internet of Things?” Fleisch argues that the internet of things (IOT) is different from the web of things. For Fleisch, IOT is a concept that allows one to talk about the way in which the internet connects to physical objects. He argues IOT is a term that tackles the “real option” of transforming almost any material product into “tiny networked computers.”
In “The Internet of Things,” the article by Neil Gershenfeld, Raffi Krikorian, and Danny Cohen, the argument appears to piggyback off of the article by Fleisch. Like Fleisch, the three put forward an argument that favors an internet of things. They, too, support turning physical things—like light bulbs, alarm clocks, window air conditioners, and so on—into “tiny networked computers.” They argue that internet zero (IO) encoding can be utilized to replace the current “technological Tower of Babel” with a “seamless” code that can extend to myriad networks on various computerized things.
In Jason Bloomberg’s article, the title should give the reader a huge hint about the type of argument they’re about to encounter. Bloomberg uses his piece to methodically list why this internet of things will not be a success or, in his words, is “doomed.” He argues that the hypothetical internet of things fails to account for privacy concerns, security concerns, and the fact that many people probably don’t want to give every object in their environment the capability of a tiny networked computer. According to Bloomberg, people are already “fed up” with the amount of computerized products in their lives.