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Things

WithSteven E. Jones

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The idea of the Internet of Things, and ubiquitous computing in general, stands as a challenge, an exhortation to the humanities to, as Ian Bogost says, turn “toward the world at large, toward things of all kinds and at all scales.” At any rate, the Internet of Things and ubiquitous computing helped to form the context out of which digital humanities itself emerged. The use of radio frequency identification tags spread quickly as their price came down, in sync with the growth of widespread wireless access to the Internet in the new millennium. The Internet of Things is the result of the shift in the past decade toward a more object-oriented modular design, a focus on the relationship between any material object and the data it might generate or that might be attached to it. The Internet of Things is as much about the integrity of the things as it is about the Internet, as much about atoms as bits.