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A European consortium dives into the challenges posed by ambient intelligence technologies

Safeguards in a World of Ambient Intelligence, a new book written by a European consortium, serves as a warning. It aims to warn policymakers, industry, academia, civil society organisations, the media and the public about the threats and vulnerabilities facing our privacy, identity, trust, security and inclusion in the rapidly approaching world of ambient intelligence.

'Safeguards in a World of Ambient Intelligence' warns of challenges posed by Ambient Intelligence In the near future, every manufactured product – our clothes, money, appliances, the paint on our walls, the carpets on our floors, our cars – will be embedded with intelligence, networks of tiny sensors and actuators, which some have termed “smart dust” or an “Internet of Things”. The world of ambient intelligence (AmI) is not far off. We already have surveillance systems, biometrics, personal communicators, machine learning and more. Ambient intelligence will provide personalised services ? and know more about us ? on a scale dwarfing anything hitherto available. Safeguards in a World of Ambient Intelligence, a new book written by a European consortium, serves as a warning. It aims to warn policymakers, industry, academia, civil society organisations, the media and the public about the threats and vulnerabilities facing our privacy, identity, trust, security and inclusion in the rapidly approaching world of ambient intelligence. The book, co-authored and co-edited by the European Commission's Joint Research Centre's Institute for Prospective Technological Studies, illustrates the threats and vulnerabilities by means of four “dark scenarios” and then identifies safeguards to counter the foreseen threats and vulnerabilities. The authors make recommendations to policymakers and other stakeholders about what they can do to maximise the benefits from ambient intelligence and minimise the negative consequences. Safeguards in a World of Ambient Intelligence has been prepared by a consortium of partners from five European countries following several years of research on the emerging brave new world of ambient intelligence. More information is available from http://ipts.jrc.ec.europa.eu The book is available from Springer

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