Conference report for The internet of things: Opportunities and threats

03 October 2017

On 3 October 2017, the Royal Society hosted a conference on the Internet of Things (IoT). The conference brought together scientists, technologists and thought leaders from across academia, industry and government, to discuss the disruptive potential of the IoT and how the future of technology and society will be shaped by it.

Presentations and discussions outlined the ways in which the IoT may increase productivity and change lifestyles, and considered potential economic, security, ethical and legal implications. Furthermore, challenges to the wider translation and adoption of this technology were highlighted.

This conference is part of a series organised by the Royal Society entitled Breakthrough science and technologies: Transforming our future, which addresses the major scientific and technical challenges of the next decade.