After watching videos and doing some further research, I have learned more about the Internet of things. The ‘Internet of things’ refers to a network of connected things. This was definitely a confusing topic to grasp at first, but it seems to be simple when you look at the big picture. The easiest way for me to describe it is with this excerpt from Forbes magazine, “Say for example you are on your way to a meeting; your car could have access to your calendar and already know the best route to take. If the traffic is heavy your car might send a text to the other party notifying them that you will be late. What if your alarm clock wakes up you at 6 a.m. and then notifies your coffee maker to start brewing coffee for you?” (Morgan 2014).
Now after reading this quote I can understand the Iot and make an observation of the implications it will have on my future. For one, I feel as if we have already seen that “smart” technology isn’t always the smartest. A lot can go wrong when using technology to fulfill daily duties and it seems that this is what the Internet of things is made to do. If all of your technology devices are connected, what will happen when you are relying on these connections to get things done one device fails and cannot properly fulfill the task it was asked to do?
Although this doesn’t seem like a big deal, there are still other things to take into consideration. When all of your devices are fulfilling tasks for you, while it may sound nice, this is going to cause human beings to become an even lazier species, and this my friends, is a huge issue. In my opinion, laziness creates bad workers, bad habits, bad relationships, and bad health.
Another problem I read about concering the Iot, is security. According to Forbes, “Security is a big issue that is oftentimes brought up. With billions of devices being connected together, what can people do to make sure that their information stays secure? Will someone be able to hack into your toaster and thereby get access to your entire network?” (Morgan 2014), the quote goes on to talk about the other problems that will be brought up inside of the security problem. So far, those things are the only problems I see if the future is going to rely on the Iot.
There were also some positive outcomes that the Iot can be a result of. One being “smart cities.” Smart cities can help reduce waste and improve efficiency of energy use. Things like forest fire detection, waste management, and smart parking are just a few examples of the positive outcomes. These things will improve the way we live and work in the future.