Welcome to the Internet of Things
Remember what life was like before the World Wide Web? Hopefully, most of us can’t. The net has become so pervasive – and so essential – to humankind that it’s pointless to imagine a life without it.
Well, the next step in this progression is just around the corner. And that is the so-called “internet of things”. For that title, thank one Kevin Ashton – “Internet of Things” was the title of a presentation he made.1 But the title and concept have been around for a long time, even if they’re just now picking up speed.
So what is the internet of things, or IoT? Basically, it’s the concept that every thing – every single item – is programmed with a processor, and these processors can communicate. No more needing to walk downstairs at midnight to double-check that you remembered to lock the house, or close the front door. In the future, everything will be accessible from your bedside, visible and controllable from a remote, or your cell phone, or an even higher-tech, even snazzier device.
That’s the internet of things. And, obviously, it offers up a lot of exciting new possibilities. AI is one of these. Rather than just make things that are aware of each other, the true advances in the internet of things will come when these things become smart. And that scenario – which may sound like a crazy plot for science fiction – isn’t actually that far away.In the future we won’t be able to imagine how we’d lived without it. Imagine your great-grandkids asking you, “Why wouldn’t the door know that it was supposed to open when the car got home?”