the threshold of connectedness

A much less feisty discussion on Twitter with Mr Coates about the terminological turf-wars surrounding the ‘internet of things’ or ‘networked objects’ (Tom’s got a presentation brewing; it’ll be good) got me thinking about the minimum requirement for an object to be considered ‘connected’, and whether that threshold would be defined by hardware or by function.

I think the answer might be found in a conversation from 1997 between Michael Sippey and Carl Steadman: it needs to know the right time.