Last week, French Tech Hub attended GMIC, one of the many Fall conferences aiming at decrypting what the future of technology holds for us. This year’s event focused on the IoT and connected devices, all supposedly fueled by mobile technology.

In September 2015, the main hurdles to enable and deploy the IoT at a global scale remain interoperability and security:

  • Interoperability will only be overcome once players in this field stop thinking of the IoT as a “winner-takes-all” market
  • Security is inherently tricky since only one hacked device can impact a whole network of smart devices. Security can only be potent and effective if it is a collaborative effort by the various IoT players (hardware, software and network)

As we already stated after CES 2015, security alliances and open innovation initiatives will be key to empowering a true network of connected devices. The new liaison agreement between the EnOcean Alliance and the Open Interconnect Consortium, as well as the recent move from Google with Nest Weave, are all steps in the right direction.

Among all the keynotes and panel discussions, one particular presentation caught our attention, the one from Jiawei Gu, Tech, Design & Research Lead at Baidu Research. We all know that the Internet of Things is changing consumer behavior, but Gu explained how it also changes the devices themselves, beyond added connectivity. There are some features humans need in everyday devices (from home appliances to cars) that won’t be relevant in the future. For instance, will we need even bigger fridges with the emergence of so many On-Demand delivery services?

We live in this amazing time where technology is limitless, our needs and even ideas seem to be the only barriers. It may be time for everyone to take a step back, stop embracing technology for what it can offer today, think of what our needs for tomorrow will be, and shape devices to fit those new behaviors.