Humanization remains a whitespace for #IoT. Sociopolitical backlash (Arab Spring, Brexit, Trump) will come to tech unless we build for human values. Nowhere is this more apparent than in IoT where today's pioneers increasingly seem to be building platforms to enable -- more platforms. Pick any IoT vertical - connected car, smart home, smart city. It's a confusing mess.
Nobody understands IoT because no one should have to. Technology should understand IoT for us. The unstated promise of this revolution is that technology will start behaving itself, organizing itself, and delivering itself to you on your behalf. Not by requiring you to be involved in machines and motions you don’t have to think about today.
Making an object “smart” is a negative benefit if that suddenly means you need to devote time and attention to an object or service which used to be invisible to you. A true human benefit would be giving time back and relieving us of the need to be responsible for paying attention to objects.
And that implies that at the very beginning someone must architect, program, and define from rule sets based in human need and desire.
So I give myself and you this challenge. Our role in IoT is to describe a true human need or desire to serve.