Cities first to benefit from Internet of Things, if we can write better software

In spite of significant technological and social challenges, the Internet of Things will improve the quality of life for city dwellers. That was the conclusion of a Vint Cerf-led panel on Wednesday.

The future of cities will be smaller, wired, and very chatty, said Google's Chief Internet Evangelist Vint Cerf on Wednesday at a panel discussion on the Internet of Things # ReducingCyberRisk at NYU's Brooklyn-Based PolyTechnic School of Engineering. Other panelists included Deborah Estrin, Professor Computer Science at Cornell Tech, and Beth Simone Noveck, Global Network Professor at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering.

The group deciphered and interpreted some of the technical challenges related to posed by potentially billions of connected devices. "We don't know how to write software without bugs," joked Cerf, "we've been trying for 70 years."

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