The term Internet of Things is a mind boggling concept. To me at least. In preparing to sound somewhat knowledgeable on the topic, I will admit I watched a handful of easy-to-digest explanation videos on Youtube.
Simply put, the Internet of Things encompasses everything connected to the internet, but it is increasingly being used to define objects that “talk” to each other. It is the idea that increasingly, objects and devices will become interconnected and provide each other feedback through data-gathering systems. The posited usefulness of something like IoT is that it would be possible to gather information, analyze it and create an action based upon the input.
“An argument has been raised that only because something can be connected to the internet doesn’t mean it should be,” (Matt Burgess, WIRED) … This is a hesitation I must say that I (and many avid Youtube commenters) have with the Internet of Things. I worry about the potential for hacks and meddling within such an intrinsically connected system. This may be the relentless pessimist in me.
However, I can see certain benefits with such a concept. “IoT offers us opportunity to be more efficient in how we do things, saving us time, money and often emissions in the process…” (WIRED). There are already examples in today’s market of products that verge on IoT technology. Smart homes, for example. With a smart home, you can leave the house– remember you left the doors unlocked, blinds up, temperature blasting– and manage all your [reckless] settings from a remote location using a network of interconnected devices.
I think IoT has definite aspects of potential. However, I am hesitant of the ramifications of such interconnectivity. As the technology evolves– there may be new strides taken toward crisis-aversion. Hopefully. But for now I think it is quite compelling to imagine a world where my my toaster is connected to my headphones.