Weve seen this week at CES so many new experiences, 5G, AI, integrated devices as extensions of ourselves. As we go forward we think the focus in 2017 will shift from connecting and data, to getting data and using cognitive analytics to provide predictions. And we want policy to make sure we are enabling these opportunities.
We need to think about national strategy and market failures. How do you address equality so tech can be used by everyone? There needs to be no digital divides despite abilities.
Bridget Karlin, Managing Director, Intel:I am excited about IoT, its a truly revolutional era of tech. A moment to converge with the physical and digital world. The transformative experience is to connect everyday objects, get data, and analyse.
Alan:We have learned a ton already, and will be sharing more information in public soon. It shows a lot of opportunities and challenges that are out there. We cannot realize these opportunities without dealing with privacy and security issues, and we know the actions we need to take to support them.
Bridget Karlin Managing Director, Intel
Sebastian Soriano, Chairman, ARCEP:IoT is changing the scale and range of data, we can go into big data and huge data, almost full data, its a game changer. For example, with Artificial Intelligence (AI)if we want to get efficient bots and AI we need tons of data to train the algorithm. IoT will be the key enabler of all other digital innovations. Markets should not be able to self-regulate, our challenge in this new revolution is to invent a pro innovation regulation and its not an oxymoron!
Alan:The biggest economic impact isindustrial IoTand the creation of economic value and savings via supply chain technology. Products are monitored, machinery is modern and monitored and therefore doesnt break. The ability to anticipate problems with machinery will have a tremendous economic impact.
Sebastian:The major issue is not security or privacy, rules exist and state of the art will come. We have to make sure that it isnt just the smart giants forming the IoT privacy and security. IoT is a key enabler, and the good person needs to be able to play. We have to make sure that all the models can exist, every technology should have its chance.
Daniel:IoT has huge impacts on health and safety. The ability to monitor health in real-time leads to a big change in approach to healthcare. The process of drug innovation and other health interventions can be better with real-time monitoring; it could be a restructure to the FDA. Shortening time to test drugs and bring them to market faster.
Q: How should the government be involved in IoT?
Bridget:I am excited about autonomous vehicles. In the US there are 37,000 death each year from auto accidents, and about 97% of those are driver error. We can reduce accidents and have a true impact on society. And its estimated that there will be over $507 billion of productivity gains by not being stuck in traffic!
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Today was all about connections here at Think, through IoT and beyond. IBM CEO, Ginni Rometty, opened the day with the Chairmans address. A common theme running throughout her talk was incredible growth in IoT devices and the opportunity that AI holds for nearly every industry. 1. We have more IoT-enabled objects than people. 
Alan: The main issue is penetration into parts of our lives that we dont expect to be vulnerable, our homes, our baby monitors. There are parallels but it is for companies and the government to solve the problem. We do not expect companies to defend themselves from attacks, the government will help. When an individual is attacked we help consumers. But we know the government cant do this alone, the industry needs to help. We need to promote risk based frameworks and security frameworks. We need to incentivize it, and it needs to be a partnership an urgent one.
All federal agencies need to see the technology and create and action plan. They should enhance their mission to cut costs and create a list of goals for IoT.
We may be at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2017), but when it comes to IoT there are serious opportunities (and issues) for big business and government. We listened in to the IoT benefits, challenges, and opportunities panel discussion
When the internet was first breaking through we went for a light touch model. Tech to trial. We were humble with regulation, when we did intervene it is in a pro innovation way. We need to do that with the Internet of Things.
Its Thursday, which means the last day of Think 2018 is upon us. You likely had a great night jamming out to either Train or The Chainsmokers and now pondering how to spend your last few hours before you jet out of Vegas. Here are a few ideas! 1. Squeeze in a few more great 
The other is the human side, empowering people todo things they have never done before. A colleague of mine has a son with physical challenges, and never thought he would be able to drive. For him to have that freedom is huge. IoT can empower the elderly and disabled by giving them freedom of movement.
Daniel:We talked to the private sector and who they are selling to in government. The answer was not much in IoT. The government at the moment is lagging behind the private sector. The number one area for using IoT by governments is military capabilities. But they are also moving towards worker safety and reducing energy use.
Jeff:There are a few announcements that AT&T have made recently that help answer this question A vehicle to vehicle sensor partnership to improve safety. This helps visually impaired people get Onstar assistance via a pair of glasses. Or our new smart cities partnership with Miami which is a great opportunity to improve citizen safety.
Q: Why is the Internet of Things (IoT) important, why is it getting so much focus?
5G needs to be supported, it is at the foundation of IoT success. How do we make that available and test it to be safer its a critical 5G role.
Daniel Castro Vice President, ITIF
Jeff Brueggeman VP Global Public Policy and Deputy Chief Privacy Officer, AT&T
Yesterday was amazing. But if anyone thought Think was slowing down not at all! We are in the home stretch at our largest IBM event ever. Yes, its a bit crowded here, but its a crowd of people ready to be part of the new world of AI. Below are some of the highlights from our Wednesday. 
Alan Davidson, Director of Digital Economy and Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Commerce, US Department of Commerce: Its a combination of things. What has captivated from the policy makers side is opportunity and impact, its the scale. Weve got 3.5 billion people, and many more connected devices. It can support products and change the supply chain, and industry. Its the connection to the physical and connetic world, and that combination is going to have a big impact. There is a huge opportunity if we get it right, but we can get it wrong.
Jeff Brueggeman, VP Global Public Policy and Deputy Chief Privacy Officer, AT&T:The challenge to service providers is scale, devices are a major scaling issue for networks, the diversity of applications, theres drones, theres sensor, healthcare, low latency, high performance. Its a dizzying array of services that we need to deliver and support on the network.
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From a global perspective (and policy viewpoint) we need to think about sharing data. What we as the US do policy wise. We dont want to disadvantage ourselves, we want to benefit from the advantages of being in a connected world
Then theres the opportunities for building more inclusive communities,helping aging populations stay at home longer, imagine a smart home of the future, you could simply say I have fallen over, get help, and help would come.
Q: How much will the Internet of Things transform other industries? How do we take siloed industries and have an approach to this type of innovation? How do we combine them all, energy, cities, transport? And how will policy and regulation impact the possibilities?
Alan Davidson Director of Digital Economy and Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Commerce, US Department of Commerce
Bridget:IoT will help solve big global problems, for example being able toget better agricultural yields. Think sensors in rice paddies, telling you when to irrigate. Using drones to spray just the infected areas rather than the whole crop. These are very real benefits that will help on a global scale, feeding thousands of people.
John Godfrey, SVP Public Policy, Samsung Electronics America:The perception for some with IoT is it will make your coffee pot turn on, but hackers can use it against you Its such an imbalanced picture. Theres a lot more to IoT than that. Before we turn to security, what are the benefits of IoT for societal priorities?
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Bridget:From an Intel perspective, IoT is such a range of devices, apps, use cases, conditions, etc. thats what it means. A thing is only a thing until it gets connected to the internet. Its what makes IoT possible. We want to enjoy the benefits, and allocate more general use spectrum, lets not guess the right use environment.
Sebastian:I think people in those industries are best placed to answer this question, but in Europe I can say we do pretty well with telecom opportunities, but are lagging behind in other areas. The question is how do we take the opportunities of IoT to come back here, to create EU tech giants. We love US and Asia tech giants, Europe has the opportunity to be back!
John Godfrey SVP Public Policy, Samsung Electronics America
Daniel Castro, Vice President, ITIF:There are over 3.4 billion people online, and big data, social and search have given us knew insights. But with 20 30 billion devices online soon all that data is an opportunity. Virtually every industry will benefit from this treasure trove of data. But from a policy stand point, economic and social benefits wont reach potential without government support and intervention.
We believe that 5G, self-driving, coverage, virtual reality will all have a range of needs, and you want to cater for all. A combination of spectrum allocation is key and we need global government support to get there.
Q: The recent DDOS in October (link to ddos blog post) were linked to iot devices and vulnerabilities. So what do we need to do for IoT and security?
There are also many industrial examples. Amazon did a great job changing the retail experience, removing checkout lines. Using AI, inventory, payment processes together to create seamless experiences. Tech is best when it works together.