Technology pervades everything. We live in a world where you can catch an Uber to your AirBnB, thereupon you place an order on UberEats and watch the latest episode of Game of Thrones on HBO Now while browsing social media. While taxis, hotels, home delivery, and shows about iron thrones are nothing new, how we are consuming these services certainly is.
In a large part, mobiles are playing the middle-man in this process, as is the case with taxis (Uber), where users interact not with the taxi, but with the taxi driver’s mobile. Mobiles are also simply capable of making something more accessible and convenient, as is the case with hotels (AirBnB).
The Internet of Things is the next step in what is called the 4th industrial revolution, a new wave of technological and innovative change that has given new meaning to the phrase: the world at your fingertips.
Even seemingly trivial connections and bits of data have value, especially in aggregate. For example, the ability to open/close your garage via your phone is one thing; being able to control your garage, lights and air-conditioning all via your phone is another thing entirely. Many of the individual components of Internet of Things could be considered small, but the net change will be nothing less than a revolution on par with the invention of the assembly line.
As the world becomes more inter-connected and we become more plugged-in, we will leave more identifying fingerprints as we go about our lives. The Internet of Things is happening; whether we acknowledge it or not. And it's not going to be merely an internet of ‘things’, but an internet of ‘everything’.
The inescapable nature of the IoT has more than a few people worried about the security implications
of its rise. In a scathing critique titled, ‘Internet of Crappy Things’, Kaspersky, an IT security business, detailed how an employee hacked into his own smart home: leaving him ample opportunities for mischief. Despite these valid concerns, the IoT is growing rapidly. General Electric expects investment in IoT will top $60 trillion during the next 15 years
It’s interesting that the more we put into the cloud, the more the world will be at our fingertips, and the more grounded our fears in the abuse of technology will become.