We are honored to welcome Vint Cerf, widely known as a“Father of the Internet” and highly celebrated co-designer of TCP/IP protocols and Internet architectures, as the Shannon Luminary lecturer on March 20th. In his lecture, “The Future of the Internet of Things: Desirable properties of an IoT ecosystem”, Cerf will discuss the benefits and the potential pitfalls of a massively automated world.
Software arose as a way to compute business and engineering problems more quickly. But it has become ubiquitous across billions of devices – in our homes, cars, workplaces, and in our hands – providing instant information, entertainment, and keeping us in continuous contact. This spread of automation has fueled a massive rise in productivity, but it has also sown the seeds of vulnerabilities with bugs, some innocuous, some serious, and some fatal. Are there remedies? Software is beginning to detect bugs and even produce bug-free software. Fault-tolerant infrastructure is emerging. And we will eventually find ways to test the innumerable combinations of devices that work together. I will explore these thoughts even as the IoT tsunami continues largely unabated.