The internet of things is a wondrous vision. Over the last few years, we have invited clever little IoT pixies into our homes, offices, factories and institutions. They watch out for us, perform services for us and generally impact our lives in good ways.

But these clever things are not necessarily intelligent things. Just like little kids, they need to be taught not to talk to strangers and not to believe everything they hear. They must learn to understand the context of the world around them to know right from wrong. If we overload them with functionality, leave them too open or let them come in with malicious ideas latent under cute exteriors, they will do things you don’t want them to do. The consequences can be disastrous.

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