Last updated: 28 July 2017
The IoT is experiencing constant innovation. It’s evolving at a rapid pace and is already changing our personal and professional lives, as discussed in this blog. The evolution been seemingly poetic, which is why I thought it was time to channel the genius of Tennyson, Shakespeare and Milton and write some poems reflecting the IoT’s journey. There are also a few classics I’ve included to demonstrate that creativity is vital to any endeavor. Prepare to be inspired…
Here’s the first one, which is all about the importance of connectivity and interoperability when constructing the IoT ecosystem.
of Web, of Things, of Innovation and Efficient Poetry
“Just protocols, security, bits and bytes,
Frameworks and servers, give no insights
That the web connects
Are tangled outputs of poetic minds”
The lesson of this poem is that you need to apply creative principles to IoT innovation. It’s not just about making a solution function properly – it’s also crucial to see the bigger picture and think imaginatively about the opportunities it could unlock.
Of computer people and albatrosses
Before you read my next poem, (I must admit we sought help from Charles Baudelaire), a little bit of explanation is necessary. I wanted to write a poem about the types of personalities involved in constructing the IoT ecosystem – and the approach that’s necessary.
- Guardians (SJ): Concrete Cooperator
- Artisans (SP): Concrete Utilitarian
- Rationals (NT): Abstract Utilitarian
- And Idealists (NF): Abstract Cooperator
Most computer engineers fall into the rational category, but I’m not! I’m an idealist.
Rationals think, while I feel. They strive for reasoned justification, while I tend to act on instinct.
I often take shortcuts that I can’t explain.
In other words, I am a poet among engineers. To illustrate the point, now it’s time for a bit of poetry:
“Poets are like these lords of sky and cloud,
Who ride the storm and mock the bow’s taut strings,
Exiled on earth amid a jeering crowd,
Prisoned and palsied by their giant wings.”
Eventually, thanks to Gemalto, I found my very own place in the innovation team, connecting dots and nodes, transforming concepts into things , weaving “webs” in the clouds.
The lesson of Baudelaire’s poem is there’s room for every type of personality when it comes to constructing a robust IoT ecosystem. If you’re more of a mechanical thinker, or someone who works by instinct and imagination, there’s definitely a role for you!
About innovation, the journey and the goal
My next poem is about failure – and why we shouldn’t fear it.
Not all minds can handle it.
This requires a dreamer mindset, this requires some resilience.
This requires us to love the journey as much as the goal.
To further this point, I thought I’d mention an excellent poem from Paulo Coelho:
“Well, there is only one piece of advice I can give you.” said the wisest of wise men. “The secret of happiness is to see all the marvels of the world, and never to forget the drops of oil on the spoon”
You never fail for free. You try, learn, fail, get up and start again on top what you experienced.
This requires a poetic mind.
If the IoT is to progress, developers must learn from failure and be constantly optimistic about the need to innovate.
IoP = Internet of Poets
I’ve already shown that the creative process behind poems mirrors the building of connected devices and networks. Here’s another poem on that theme from one of my friends on Twitter:
“On its web of things
Tiny worker spins the line
Hoping for profits”
- Innovation is about “connecting the dots”. New concepts emerge from conciliation of disparate ideas.
Voltaire – Essay on Epic Poetry (1727),
Similarly, there are similarities between the underlying rules of poetry and the laws governing progress in the IoT ecosystem.
- The IoT is about connecting objects. New value is created from hyperlinking unrelated objects.
- Just like the IoT, poetry, through metaphors, analogies and oxymoron, makes words collide in order for new meanings to spawn.
“If you can look into the seeds of time,
And say which grain will grow and which will not,
Speak then to me”
Shakespeare – Macbeth 1.3.58
Any of those creative activities requires the ability to bring lots of different elements together. In addition, they all rely on the capacity to “think outside the box”.
In conclusion, why can’t the IoT era be an era of poets? Here’s a final poem to sum everything up…
P2M = Poet to Machine
In this fleshless world we are building,
In this world of accelerating innovation,
In this world of hyper connection,
In this world of machines talking to machines
Our companies should embrace efficient poetry.
Let’s hire some poets for weaving the web of things.
Let’s insufflate some humanity in this future of steel.
As you can see, there’s a place for poetry in the IoT. Send us your poems by posting in the comment section below or tweeting to us at @GemaltoIoT or @Gemalto.