In Pictures: Who came up with your least favourite tech buzzwords?

Some buzzwords evolve from the foam of language; others are invented in strokes of evil genius

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The Internet of Things Kevin Ashton is a British technologist who was working for Procter and Gamble in the late '90s and became interested in using RFID chips to help monitor and manage the company supply chain. To sexy up this entirely sensible idea, he used the phrase "Internet of Things" as a title of a presentation on the subject, since the Internet was still new and exciting back then. Ashton charitably says that just because he coined it "doesn't give me any right to control how others use the phrase." But still, it's a little disappointing that it seems to mostly be used today to describe the will-not-die dream of a Internet-enabled refrigerator that can order milk when you run out.

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