ABSTRACT

The chapter considers the ways in which the Internet of Things is oriented toward enhancing everyday lives, by focusing on the environmental improvements meant to be achieved through electronic devices. 'Thingification' is an overtly material approach to the previously 'virtual' concerns of digital media, and is an industry strategy that is meant to expand the reach, capacities, and economic growth of the Internet. The proliferation of computational things within the Internet of Things reads as an itemized list of electronic waste in the making. The household objects become potentially operative things within the Internet of Things because of radio frequency identification (RFID) tags, sensors, and devices such as smartphones. 'The Crystal World', which works with computational objects in ways that are at a slant to the Internet of Things, and which engages with the materiality of digital technologies as a way of intervening within other 'systems of systems' that electronics generate.