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How the Internet of Things is the Future of a Connected World

The Internet of Things, or IoT, is an increasingly prevalent term in the world of emerging technology. It’s a con...

How the Internet of Things is the Future of a Connected World

The Internet of Things, or IoT, is an increasingly prevalent term in the world of emerging technology. It’s a concept of a world that’s ultra-connected, via the Internet. The connectivity, however, would no longer be limited to individuals: Appliances, wearables, homes, traffic, and the like would all have online avatars. Think of it as an immaculately formed spiderweb where the slightest movement never goes unnoticed.

 

This obviously has both up and downsides.

Off and Running

We’re already on our way to an intricately connected world. We have smartphones that keep us in constant communication. We get alerts about appointments, sales, the weather, and social happenings. We can already remotely access our gadgets at home and in the office with mobile tech. And smart homes, which feature appliances and residential infrastructure (such as A/C) programmed to function intuitively, are already being implemented.

 

Truly Connected

The idea behind IoT, however, is that everything—not just some things—will be connected. Taken to extremes, this means our daily lives will require almost no human intervention whatsoever. Crops will be sown, grown, and harvested based on computerized cognition that’ll consider weather, soil conditions, and population density.

 

Production queues will be controlled based on the present and future demand that retail data would suggest. Shoppers will get recommendations of what to buy, and ride in vehicles that will automatically choose the shortest and fastest routes.

 

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Even maintenance work will be automated. At work, data will be transmitted electronically from point to point. There will be no surplus, waste, or inefficiency. Everything will get done just in time with a minimum of fuss.

 

I’m an introvert, so this already sounds amazing. Bring on the future.

 

When the time comes and IoT is an accomplished fact, we will never run out of groceries, forget an anniversary, die of carbon monoxide poisoning, or suffer through hours of traffic.

 

So what’s not to like?

 

Truly Vulnerable

Even in the present state of connectivity, we’re already subject to security and privacy problems. Hackers, scammers, and the occasional government agency are having a field day with our personal data. Never mind the idea that machines will take over the world and decimate humanity.

 

What most people don’t truly understand is that the infrastructure behind connectivity is created by people, so people can always get in, regardless of the security protocols in place. There’s always someone who can figure it out and take advantage.

 


 

And even when there is no malice involved, there is something fundamentally creepy about gadgets being in control of our lives, and having access to our most sensitive data. How comfortable are you knowing that whether or not you’re at home will be public knowledge based on how hard your thermostat is working?

 

A time will come when we will be following what a computer chip tells us is the most logical choice, and in all probability it’ll be alright. But still…with IoT, nothing will be sacred. Freaking bathroom breaks will be noted, logged, and analyzed for future reference.

 

IoT is the Future

Despite these misgivings, it seems inevitable that IoT will eventually come into being. Even as people in think tanks are warning others about the cons of IoT, consumers are snapping up every new gadget that takes them further into the IoT world. We’re looking at the complete extinction of personal privacy, in favour of convenience and automation. This also means that being dishonest is going to get a lot tougher. So maybe it’s not all that bad.

 

What do you think? Are we headed for disaster or providence?

 

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