The Internet of Things or the Internet of Everything?

INTERNET OF-THINGS

More and more, ex­ist­ing ecosys­tems are be­ing re­made or re­placed. For ex­am­ple, the tele­com in­dus­try is boom­ing de­spite dwin­dling land­line con­nec­tions. This is be­cause of con­tin­ued strong growth in mo­bile sales and us­age. As time goes on, our lives will be­come more tech ori­ented.

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).

There is an­other side to this tech­nol­o­gi­sa­tion: the grow­ing net­work of phys­i­cal de­vices known as the Internet of Things, or IoT. The Internet of Things is a net­work of ve­hi­cles, also known as con­nected de­vices and smart de­vices. The pos­si­bil­i­ties are end­less, be­cause all a ve­hi­cle needs to do is col­lect and share data to the cloud.

The 4th Industrial Revolution

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.

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Matt Francis

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