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Internet of People - Issue #2

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September 26 · Issue #2 · View online
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Hi, and welcome to the Internet of People Observatory, where we document the network transformation.
In this weeks issue: Energy, Cars, and DDoS-Attacks. Buckle up. 

Energy Futures
It’s been a big week for Battery Storage. The first grid-scale Tesla installation has gone live in the UK with about 500kWh of capacity. A couple of days later, BMW and Bosch opened a 2,8 MWh facility in Hamburg, using i-series battery packs. The differences in scale are noteworthy here, and suggest that Tesla with their vertical strategy might not actually be that much faster than a supplier network, despite all the ambition. Definitely interesting to keep tabs on storage though, because…
Solar just hit its lowest price point recorded. A bid for a photovoltaic plant in Abu Dhabi puts the cost at just 2.42 cents/kWh. That is insanely low, and makes it the cheapest energy plant currently in existence.
Cars, cars, cars
Tesla rolled out their latest software update, and Bloomberg reports. Nothing could visualise the trench between the old car world and the new mobility world clearer than the approach towards software in cars. Interesting to bear in mind though that Tesla is currently under investigation by the German Ministry of Transport: in a close reading of the law, vehicles get a general license for operation on an as-is basis. That would mean that every software update could require a new license. This of course is thoroughly impractical, but highlights just how many weird regulatory cases exist around next-gen automotive.
There’s movement in the motor insurance industry. Although that need not necessarily be a good sign.
Security headaches, anyone?
It’s been a weird week for net security as well. It started with Bruce Schneier reporting that what he presumes to be state actors trying to establish what it might take to take down the internet.
The attacks are also configured in such a way as to see what the company’s total defenses are. There are many different ways to launch a DDoS attacks. The more attack vectors you employ simultaneously, the more different defenses the defender has to counter with. These companies are seeing more attacks using three or four different vectors. This means that the companies have to use everything they’ve got to defend themselves. They can’t hold anything back. They’re forced to demonstrate their defense capabilities for the attacker.
A couple days later Brian Krebs, a well-known security researcher himself, is hit with a DDoS attack of yet-unheard-of magnitude. The likely factor making that possible: poorly secured IoT devices.
Connected This & That
We’ve just sat through the latest keynote, but the rumour mill around what Apple might be doing next is already on high rotation. Aside from cars (obviously) it’s now purported to be an Echo competitor. If anything, it shows how much impact the Amazon’s Echo had on what we envision a smart home hub should be.
And on the neverending list of ridiculous connected products: the LuDela, a connected candle. Product discovery is trial and error indeed.
The oldest computer in use by the federal government has been found.
Bots in Wikipedia engage in years-long feuds.
Fitbit, wearables, and the insurance data conundrum (from my blog)

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