The Internet of Things is the next generation of the digital revolution. The idea behind it is for people to spend less time implementing mundane tasks and more time reaching goals. It’s creating a scenario where both objects and people have the ability to transfer data over a network without requiring human to human or human to computer interaction.
Take all the devices we use everyday and adding more connectivity between them. On the individual level imagine the ability to connect to your lightbulbs, door locks, washing machine, fridge, microwave; the implementations are endless. The internet of things could even help with traffic by having cars communicate with other cars to warn about traffic and road conditions. While on a larger scale having a bridge or overpass be able to tell a city when its concrete structure is starting to degrade and in need of attention months before it collapses.
The new digitally embedded world will cause drastic changes when it comes to how business operate. Every business will need to understand how this can be integrated into their current work practices or processes. The internet of things will allow firms to be closer with clients and business owners closer to their customers.
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However with all this new development there have been industry leaders warning about some implications that the internet of things may have on our society. Co-founder of Apple Steve Wozniak was quoted saying that, “The internet of things market could be reaching a bubble phase comparable to the dot-com bust in the late 1990s.” He points out that there is a pace that human beings can change the way they do things. There are a lot of companies starting up connecting different devices but there becomes a point where the connectivity reaches a peak of usefulness.