The Internet of Things seems like the stupidest name in the world, doesn’t it? Oh, just some things. Okay cool. But, somehow it’s the most apt way to describe the phenomenon. So what is it? Well, Cisco has a pretty neat definition:
The Internet of Things (IoT) is the network of physical objects accessed through the Internet, as defined by technology analysts and visionaries. These objects contain embedded technology to interact with internal states or the external environment. In other words, when objects can sense and communicate, it changes how and where decisions are made, and who makes them. – Cisco Website
Basically though, it means that things you never thought would have the Internet will eventually have the Internet. “What’s the point of my dishwasher having the Internet?” you say. It might not be your dishwasher, but your fridge for example could inventory what you buy and let you know when you need more milk, or more caviar so you can be all pretentious while you tell everyone about how you just got a stupid fridge that can tweet.
So, as you may have guessed I clearly love the idea…
Whenever I hear about it, I just think “why?”. Just check your fridge for food. And this is what I think will be a big problem with the expansion of The Internet Of Things. It has the potential to essentially replace our memories entirely. Moblie phones are a perfect example. How many phone numbers of people you contact every day do you actually know? I’m going to say maybe 2 tops. Hell, I don’t even remember what names people have in my phone.
I’m sure there are plenty of ‘pros’ to this Internet of Things, but if you tell me your fridge has Wifi I’m going to think you’re a moron.
Feel free to tell my why I’m wrong in the comments!