I learned a great term this morning via this talk: The "Geocities of Things". Frankly, half of the little Arduino projects I do are probably Geocities-of-Things level; certainly not professional, but then again, that's kind of the point.
This is a step past the others. SkyNet, Dweet.io and BERG Cloud are all transports with varying degrees of sophistication. Node-RED is an IBM Research project that lives on top of MQTT. It's not interested in transport as much as analysis. It's a tool to create a processing node.
This is an interesting talk on the internet of things, and the role of network-aware objects in society at large. These two slides stood out for me:
This kind of ties in with something that Warren Ellis pointed out...
Cities are very slow time machines; they let us live longer, see more... They make our environment more hospitable, provide emergency services. As technology progresses, those services may be more autonomous and less centralized.