The "Internet of things" (IoT) is becoming an increasingly growing topic of conversation both in the workplace and outside of it. It's a concept that not only has the potential to impact how we live but also how we work. But what exactly is the "Internet of things" and what [...]
Simply put this is the concept of basically connecting any device with an on and off switch to the Internet (and/or to each other). This includes everything from cell phones, coffee makers, washing machines, headphones, lamps, wearable devices and almost anything else you can think of.
But why would we want to connect all of this stuff together? The idea is to automate life as far as possible, and to give us more information about our environment on which to make better (?) decisions. For example, if your car had access to your appointments diary and to satnav it could alert you to traffic delays, select a better route to take and maybe send an email or text to the people you are meeting to warn them that you might be late.
One of the (many) issues with all of this is how we can effectively store, track analyse and make sense of this huge volume of data. And what about all the issues associated with security and privacy of your date? It's doubtful that anyone will know exactly what data is being collected, where it's being stored and who has access to it.
The article concludes by advising that regardless of whether we're excited or worried about the potential impact on our lives, we should at least try to understand what the IoT is all about.
My view? What could possibly go wrong!