I am actually pretty excited about this concept of the Internet of Things (IOT). I can’t wait for objects in my future home (and the house itself) to be integrated with each other, and to me, having a conversation (like in the samsung vid in the lecture). By 2015, 15 billion objects are going to be connected to the internet (http://www.alcatel-lucent.com/new-thinking/market-growth/internet-of-things.html). But I can’t help than think that this will dramatically increase the digital divide between developed and under-developed/developing countries, communities etc. Like in some cyber sci-fi movie where the rich are interacting with robots and highly developed technology, and the poor are left behind,struggling to keep up and survive. But that might be a bit dystopian and taking it too far?But it does lead to the question of what are the implications of the IOT for human beings? It might save us time, like in this video from IBM But what about human interaction? Social skills? And if it’s just objects talking to other objects, how do we enter the conversation?
I think that the point of the IOT, and to make it beneficial for us is, as Bruce Kasanoff said, to not be fooled into thinking that it is only going to link things to other things. The IOT is to link people, things and systems. Borders can be broken to to make our lives easier. Make life more efficient, innovative, intelligent and less risky. Very much like what is explained in the video below.
And this I am excited for.
How we (humans and objects) live and interact in the world is going to change dramatically, but subtly.
Kasanoff, B, 2012, The Internet of Things needs to Empower People, Not Machines, Digital Trends, http://www.digitaltrends.com/cool-tech/the-internet-of-things-needs-to-empower-people-not-machines/, accessed 22/10/12