If you’re a complete newbie to the world of technology, you might find yourself scratching your head when you hear about “The Internet of Things.” In this post, I’ll shed a little light on this modern phenomenon that’s all about increasing interconnectivity in virtually all aspects of our day-to-day living.
First of all, what is the Internet of Things?
Due to the development of increased wireless Internet capabilities and ever-growing smartphone penetration, conditions have never been riper for the Internet of Things (or IoT). What is it anyway? Essentially, it’s grounded on the concept that everything – including you and me as well as all devices that come with an on/off switch – can interconnect and exchange data automatically, resulting in improved efficiency.
Think AirDrop, except that you’re not connecting your Apple device with another Apple device, but with your TV or microwave oven. It sounds a little bizarre, but the Internet of Things isn’t just limited to everyday devices such as home appliances, cell phones, and wearable devices. Machine components such as an airplane’s jet engine are also included.
How will the Internet of Things affect my life?
If you prefer to look on the bright side of things, then you can say that the IoT can make life easier due to the seamless integration of analytics and devices. Though nobody has been able to paint a complete and accurate picture of what the future would look like once IoT takes over. Businesses, large and small, are forecasted to be one of the things that the IoT will highly impact. Another area is transportation.
Okay, IoT can bring great things, but at what cost?
With more devices connected with each other, chances are there will be a greater number of security threats – not just to companies but to individuals as well. These devices will produce massive amounts of data and so far security measures to protect all this information have been minimal. Other issues that have risen up include data sharing and privacy. For example questions have been raised about how a user can choose to opt out of having their data collected or how anonymous it can be.
As the IoT becomes more and more ubiquitous, these are all issues that we’ll all need to think about and address – and fast. According to Gartner Tech Research, there were around 3.9 billion connected things in 2014 and they’re projecting that number to increase to 25 billion in the next five years.