Technology continues to offer exciting developments, all the while making it easier for us to live our lives. In the last few years, technological innovation and creativity has hit an all time high, with IoT (Internet of Things) being one of them, apart from various others including and not limited to VR, 3D printing and so on.
Internet of Things, also referred to as 'Internet of Everything', has changed the game not only for consumers but enterprises at the same time.
For those that are unaware, IoT refers to a simultaneous connection between devices, networks and humans over the internet. The purpose of IoT is to make it easier for users to control numerous devices at the same time, without having to operate them separately.
As for the potential of IoT, Kevin Ashton, executive director and cofounder of Auto-ID center at MIT had this to say previously:
"Today computers-and, therefore, the Internet-are almost wholly dependent on human beings for information. Nearly all of the roughly 50 petabytes (a petabyte is 1,024 terabytes) of data available on the Internet were first captured and created by human beings-by typing, pressing a record button, taking a digital picture or scanning a bar code…
"The problem is, people have limited time, attention and accuracy-all of which means they are not very good at capturing data about things in the real world… If we had computers that knew everything there was to know about things-using data they gathered without any help from us-we would be able to track and count everything, and greatly reduce waste, loss and cost. We would know when things needed replacing, repairing or recalling, and whether they were fresh or past their best." – Source
The World at your Fingertips
What seemed like a fantasy a few years ago has become a reality, and it is the kind that cannot be escaped any longer. IoT is not only happening, but it is taking over the world by storm. Various new projects are being developed in the hopes of making the most of what IoT has to offer, so much so thay it makes it easier for consumers and businesses to have the world at their fingertips, that too with nothing more than a click of single button, which it already has managed to accomplish rather successfully.
Intranet or Internet?
IoT has come a long way, but it is still in its infancy. Even though a majority of devices are able to connect to the internet, they largely lack in terms of being capable enough to communicate with other devices, thus creating an Intranet of Things rather than a unified Internet of Things. What is essentially required is for the technology to take hold of a singular platform instead of several different ones to maximize developer engagement and to create a brighter future filled with IoT related innovations.
It goes without saying the future of IoT is a prosperous one, and it is only a matter of time before it becomes affordable and compatible, thus making it easily available for more people across the board. But then again, there are several risks associated with IoT reaching new heights, like for instance: what if machines take over? What if Judgment Day becomes a reality? Will Arnold Schwarzenegger be back to save humanity? Only time will tell. Until then, Au revoir.