The Internet of Things

The Internet of Things can be defined as a “computing concept that describes a future where everyday physical objects will be connected to the Internet and be able to identify themselves to other devices.” Consumers and developers find this simultaneously exciting and terrifying. This article discusses a survey that asks how Americans react to the Internet of things. Three in four respondents had not heard of the term but once they had it explained it to them, they were excited by the idea. The survey found that the most highly anticipated products are cars and smart home appliances.

This blog offers the idea that by 2015, 75 percent of the world’s population have access to the internet, as will around six billion devices.

A major factor about the Internet of Things is that it provides a large amount of useful data. Consumers can see how they utilise their products and creators and marketors can see the same and find ways of bettering this service.

There are some less positive implications, however. There is some worries that security and privacy are being treated as an afterthought. Admittedly I find it slightly concerning that my phone may know more about me than I do. But then again, it already knows more phone numbers than I ever could remember and knows maths and computing information that I never could. So is it all that different when it is holding more personal information? I certainly do not see humanity becoming overly attached to our technology, like this article where it is predicted that objects will become first class citizens.

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