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The inter­net of things will strengthen man­u­fac­tur­ers’ hands in the battle for cus­tom­er loy­alty. A com­mod­ity ought to be “a very trivi­al thing”, Karl Marx argued in Cap­it­al, and “eas­ily under­stood”. But in fact it is the oppos­ite: “a very queer thing, abound­ing in meta­phys­ic­al sub­tleties and theo­lo­gic­al niceties.”

via economist.com