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The THINGS that came in from the cold – poem by Matt Harvey

 

There have always been Things, and the Things there have been

– the simplest tool, the most complex machine –

 

Did their own private thing, and they did it quite well

But each lived alone in a separate cell

 

Things were solitary all on their tod, set apart

Until wonder of wonders, one day Things became ‘Smart’

 

An uppity interweb chappie equipped

Each Thing with its very own Thingummy Chip

 

And now they’re awake, though they’re not quite sure how

They’ve evolved from ‘just-sat-there’ to ‘smarter-than-thou’

 

Since each Chip is imbued with an embedded sensor

Their immense potential’s exponentially immenser

 

It’s almost like sci-fi, they’re au fait with wifi

Can act as a gopher while you loaf on your sofa

 

Gossiping gadgets and whispering widgets

And all within reach of our fidgeting digits

 

There’s a linking that’s almost like thinking – but far less confused

There’s a digging for data – though phishing’s politely refused

 

For if and when mischievous hackery threatens

Things can all be restored to their factory settings

 

They’re wearably share-ably bridging the gaps

Wirelessly tirelessly – not needing naps

 

They’re awake on the line between Always and Never

They may not be conscious, but my word they’re clever

 

You enter a building, it knows who you are

And next to whose Audi you’ve just parked your car

 

It knows what you’re wearing, it knows where you went

To buy it, what else you bought, how much you spent

 

Without being untoward or indiscreet,

It knows who’s around that you might like to meet

 

And it might engineer a chance meeting or two

It’s ever so keen to arrange things for you…

 

Because Things can now, with due diligent deference

Anticipate your every want, need and preference

 

Things are sharing our track-able, digital traces

On a need-to-know and a need-not-to-know basis

 

This audited, ordered, inaudible chorus

Is doing our knowing and not-knowing for us!

 

BUT, you ask, is this good for my health? – A no-brainer:

Your fridge is in touch with your personal trainer

 

Your GP’s in the loop with your heart’s smart pace-maker

Which has access – trust me – to all relevant data

 

From your own un-despicable, biddable minions

Long on loyalty and, thankfully, short on opinions

 

Who’ll do as they’re told and they’re told SO MUCH MORE

Who – unlike their creators – know what to ignore

 

Even when sitting there not doing much

They are quietly, busily, keeping in touch

 

Thing one with Thing two, with Things three, four, five, six

Things seven through ninety-nine join in the mix

 

In clumps and in clusters, in clubs and in cliques

Each listening in when another Thing speaks

 

And though it seems slightly numerically gimmicky

Things a hundred to ninety-nine shy of infinity

 

Yes a Million. Billion, Trillion Things

Join hands – or whatever – and light up and SING!

 

Your smart whole’s connected to your smart part

Your smart head’s connected to your smart heart

Your smart work’s connected to your smart home

You got the whole world in your phone…

 

If the signal should weaken an IPv6 booster

Will keep Smart Things speaking – like Jeeves to our Wooster

 

I’ve heard this Jeeves speak and here’s what he said:

“Don’t trouble your sweet homo sapiens head

 

If Things get on top of you, don’t fret or fuss

For Ours is the Thingdom – leave it with Us”

The Internet of Things – Matt Harvey

First published in Resurgence Magazine

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The Internet of Things by Matt Harvey

There are definite perks to being a poet. You are entitled to gaze at the moon with authoritative longing, to peek into the dark chambers of the world’s most secret heart and read the graffiti stencilled there. You can talk nonsense to your kids. Another is getting to attend conferences where in between singing for one’s supper there are privileged glimpses to be savoured of others’ worlds.

And this is how I came to be commissioned to write about the Internet of Things for a conference on the future of the work place, and find myself high up on level 39 at No. 1 Canary Wharf. It’s so high I accidentally lost touch with everything and everyone I thought I knew. Easy to do.

 

There have always been Things, and the Things there have been

– the simplest tool, the most complex machine –

 

Were solitary, all on their tod, set apart

Until wonder of wonders, these Things became ‘Smart’

 

An uppity interweb chappie equipped

Each Thing with its very own Thingummy Chip

 

Since each Chip is imbued with an embedded sensor

Their immense potential’s exponentially immenser

 

The potential I’m referring to here is the loads and loads of info transmitted and absorbed by these Things – what’s called Big Data. And delegates are encouraged to ‘leverage’ this. I hear the word ‘leverage’ used more times in one day than in the previous decade. It is used instead of ‘utilised’ which is utilised instead of ‘used’.

 

There’s a linking that’s almost like thinking – but far less confused

There’s a digging for data – though phishing’s politely refused

 

Awake on the line between Always and Never –

Things may not be conscious, but my God they’re clever

 

You enter a building, it knows who you are

And next to whose Audi you’ve just parked your car

 

We hear of a building with 10,000 sensors – a Smart Building, that knows how many people are in it, can calibrate heating, lighting and acoustics, and measures both gender balance and the collective mood of the people within, based on biometric facial profiling.

Presenters say things like: ‘You can leverage your existing investment in the network to access this valuable data.’ ‘There are real business outcomes we can leverage. Let’s reach out, engage and drive these business outcomes.’ And even, ‘people are your most important metric’.

At the end of the day we hear from a ‘vibe manager’ who draws a Venn diagram showing the space where Emotional Intelligence, Neuroscience and Mindfulness overlap. The old IQ ‘metric’ is balanced with Emotional Intelligence: EQ and Spiritual Intelligence: SQ. One day, trust me, they’ll merge into one integrated Practical Intelligence:  B’n’Q.

 

If the signal should weaken an IPv6 booster

Will keep Smart Things speaking – like Jeeves to our Wooster

 

I’ve heard this Jeeves speak and here’s what he said:

“Don’t trouble your sweet homo sapiens head

 

If Things get on top of you, don’t fret or fuss

For Ours is the Thingdom – leave it with Us”

 

So my message to you is: don’t worry – or, if you must, worry efficiently with the new iWorry app which itemises your worries and organises them according to their capacity for cortisol leverage. And remember: There’s still no ‘I’ in team, but there’s definitely one in anxiety. And it’s stressed.

Matt Harvey is Regen SW’s poet in Residence  – You can read his book The Element in the Room – Poems inspired by renewable energy here

Or you can purchase it online 

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