About Dean Anthony Gratton

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Dr. Dean Anthony Gratton is a technology futurist and columnist, and has worked extensively within the wireless and telecommunications R&D industry. His wireless research work has been patented. You can contact Dean via his website, and follow him on Twitter (@grattonboy) to enjoy his risqué humour, witty shenanigans, social media and technology-related tweets. You can also read more about his work at deangratton.com.

In the UK, we have now seemingly adopted the US’s Black Friday following their Thanksgiving holiday, as well as their Cyber Monday retail opportunity. It’s a veritable smorgasbord of capitalism and it represents the onset of the Christmas shopping season, where many deals can be sought ...

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I am about to explain what exactly I mean by the “IoT is so much bigger than your thing.” It’s a realization that has firmly shaken off my stereotypical perspective of the internet of things (IoT). But, before I begin, let me first explain that the IoT is not a technology; rather, it’s a concept used to characterize the many interconnected “smart objects” or things and their unique ability to collate and, in turn, share information about their world. In other words, we empower our “things” in various contexts to ultimately gather data, which is specific to their environment ...
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It must be something about the autumn air with the leaves falling and the onset of winter where we regularly witness the appearance of new technology. I’m sure it’s a coincidence that Halloween also beckons, as this is a period of transition, encompassing the myth of Samhain and of saying goodbye to our demons whilst beckoning in a new harvest.
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I attended a major industry innovation day in June at the stunning Grosvenor House in London with the alluring headline, Exploration Lights the Way Forward. The event boasted a smorgasbord of over 200 industry leaders, academics, scientists and researchers, as well as decision makers who will, collectively, shape the future of the ICT industry ...
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The more I research, the more I discover and understand that the internet of things (IoT) is still very much in its infancy. Many companies I’ve spoken with are still at the paperware stage, with promises of delivering exactly what I need and, of course, satisfying all of my broad expectations with no sight of my requirements. Moreover, each company I’ve spoken with has its own unique definition of what IoT actually is – it’s so frustrating! ...
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