Is the Internet of Things the Future?
Have you ever imagined a world in which your kettle could communicate with your microwave? Me neither, but the Internet of Things promises to do just that. The IoT according to Wikipedia is "the interconnection of uniquely identifiable embedded computing devices within the existing Internet infrastructure."
In 2008 the number of devices connected to the internet surpassed the population of humans and by 2020 Cisco predict that this number will shift upwards to around 50 billion devices.
The predictions are astronomical and Cisco suggests that they will have the ability to connect 340,282,366,920,938,463,463,374,607,431,768,211,456 internet addresses or the equivalent of 10 for every atom on Earth – staggering, right?
What will all this mean if everything is connected to the Internet? There are great possibilities but also a number of setbacks.
Wireless cardiac monitors could evaluate your health and send messages to your doctor instantaneously should something be wrong. On the other hand, doctors can make decisions on who needs medical evaluation, saving hospitals lots of time.
You're in a serious car crash; your car detects this and automatically dials 999 and gives your location.
Everyday use - Your meeting has been delayed by 10 minutes, this is communicated to your alarm clock which adjusts to wake you up 10 minutes later and even tells your coffee machine to turn on 10 minutes later.
The Death of Privacy? With billions of devices connected to the internet, everything will be able to monitor us meaning that privacy might become a thing of the past.
Stolen Information. Whilst information is protected on the internet, it is only to a certain extent. Hackers have been around since the inception of the internet and IoT would give them access to huge amounts of personal data should they breach security.
Glitches. We would likely become highly reliant on IoT and should any of the systems crash it could be detrimental to those who become highly reliant on the technology.
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