The Internet of Things, the majority of us interact with it in some form everyday, but in the future it'll be almost impossible not to. The IoT was incepted when the Internet was created, it grew slowly, but it's now rapidly expanding more into our daily lives.
Your smartphone is included, your computer, your smart TV, Alexa (Amazon Echo), Smart Refrigerators, anything that connects to the Internet is the Internet of Things. You may have noticed cars are becoming more connected every year, and regular home appliances. Is it really better for human civilization to always have an interaction with the Internet? Though, with social media now it really isn't too much different.
The IoT can have their benefits though, and make our day to day lives much more simpler, but will that lead to increased productivity or laziness? If everything can be done for you through the Internet and AI, then laziness will more than likely occur. If we keep the IoT not hefty, not slim, but just where we need it to make life easier, but still give humans a purpose in life.
Nowadays with tiny computer chips anything can be connected to the Internet, pens like Livescribe's smartpen are even connected to the Internet. Per Livescribe's website, these smartpens are being used to help students with learning disabilities. The IoT is only getting bigger and it's getting big fast. The FCC, and any government regulator of communications, will sure be busy for a long time thanks to the IoT.
An article from The Journal cited a prediction from International Data Corp. that $1.29 trillion will be spent on the IoT by 2020. $1.29T will be spent mainly on hardware, then services, software, and connectivity all according to The Journal. Now that number isn't too hard to believe considering how big of a market the IoT really is and what it's going to be.
CES 2017 ( Consumer Electronics Show), has been nothing but the IoT with all the unveils and with today being the first day of the actual show. CES 2017 ends Sunday 1/8, and Pulsar will have a large analysis of it on Monday.
Here is a sneak peak at what to expect from CES 2017, per Fox Business:
That smartfridge is pretty cool, but is it necessary? Refrigerators aren't supposed to be hard or make life difficult, but they are cool pieces of technology. Our homes themselves are going to end up being connected to the Internet, with every device and appliance connecting directly to the home.
The more far out thing that is almost certain to come is, human beings themselves being connected to the Internet. Indeed, we are talking about computes being implanted in our bodies that will then connect with your smartphone, or whatever device the implanted computer is compatible with. This isn't science fiction anymore, it's simply the future and the future is near.
Cyber security plays a huge role in the IoT, and is needed with every single smart device and appliance. Think of it, everything connected to the Internet can be hacked someway somehow. Think of when us humans start becoming connected? You'd want some damn good cyber security to make sure no one can hack you and maybe even control you or kill you. Jeep Cherokees can be hacked, Smart TVs, and even that brand new smart washing machine you bought. Scary stuff as cyber threats are one of the biggest threats to civilization in the 21st century. Cyber security is a must with all of these devices.
Like stated above, the IoT need to be controlled so it doesn't completely takeover our lives and leave humans without a purpose to live. With a world completely automated and without humans working, humans will evolve into something much more different. Think of blobs or even gray aliens, just opinion, but a strong one.
If kept under control the IoT can serve a huge purpose in advancing mankind, and making our lives easier and more enjoyable without not having something to live for. There is huge potential, and it'll be used in almost every single industry more than it already is.
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