At the opening workshops of API Strategy and Practice in Amsterdam yesterday, the CitySDK team presented their progress on developing a set of open APIs that will enable developers to create applications for tourism, mobility and civic participation in one city. These APIs can then be replicated in other cities also using the same uniform API structure.
If things are moving so fast, why haven't we caught up yet? Why can't my stove automatically set a timer for 10 minutes every time I turn a burner on--and why can't I receive that alarm on my iPhone while I'm upstairs, in time to rush back down and save dinner? I'm thrilled that the Nest thermostat is out there. But it is simultaneously cool while reminding us that this transition to the Internet of things (IoT) where everything is connected up is going to be a long slog. Okay, faster than chipping our way out of the Stone Age. Still.