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One Futurologist Toughts on Internet of Things


From the several years one phrase – Internet of things – grabs the attention of experts and ordinary people, causing them to dream, theorize and discuss the benefits and negatives of the ability of wide range of devices to connect to each other. Indeed the ‘internet of things “is not a meaningless phrase, but a reality that does not conclude with the smart thermostats Nest.

Well, there are people who do not think so. “Internet of things is a myth, and such a device can have no social benefit, even to exist“. This Bold statement belongs to Dr. Alison Powell, a professor at the Faculty of Media and Communications at the London School of Economics & Technology, futurologist, who recently gave a lecture on security and protection of data, which was held by the “Royal Society”. Describing the IoT, as another modern phrase around which raises too much noise, Powell said that the concept of IoT has generated a huge amount of wishful assumptions and half-baked plans, like let us say persisting myth of internet-connected fridge. “It is a myth that already exists for 15 years – the idea that our refrigerator would be very good if it is connected to the Internet ” she says.

“What are the cultural and social present about a refrigerator could do when it is connected to the Internet? To ordered new eggs? To tell us that we finished milk?” Continued Powell, according to which a refrigerator ¬†will never be able to monitor the contents of the refrigerator, as human do. “What kind of things a network-connected refrigerator would do that its owner could not have done in a more efficient, and more smarter way constitute an important issue here. Indeed, it remains a mystery to technological futurists “she added.

Whether Dr. Powell sees IoT only as interconnected refrigerators, it is not entirely clear, but the opportunities for ubiquitous connectivity and new Internet protocols, miniaturization and chips with a completely different design, IoT is actually already here and with the help of cloud technologies and other innovations “Internet of things” if not exhausted meaningless phrase. Production and industry, health and automobile industries, are already starting to reap the possibility of connecting devices and transfer data between them in a way that previously was simply impossible. An example of this can be portable trackers that help doctors to monitor change in the performance of their patients remotely at any time. In the field of energy and electricity transmission we already ¬†have smart networks that help to better control and secure energy infrastructures and to the final customer, IoT opportunities help more flexible control of power. Energy, which is expressed in particular outcome – lower electricity bills.

The Verizon’s report – The Internet of Things 2015 declare the growing influx of IoT in various sectors of industry and production, like say safeguarding and control of products and goods. Thanks to technology is possible a remote monitoring of multiple systems and products in a number of important features without human intervention. This helps to optimize processes in control of safety and quality and reduce the number of teams carrying out such monitoring in the past. And of course, there are different operational applications of technology in many other areas. Only days ago we told you about one such real project that is not only on paper – that of Volvo, which harnesses the opportunities for connectivity between devices and transmission of data in the cloud, to make the trip safer. Another such example is the technology Honda Sensing. Verizon reports that thanks to interconnected smart vehicles and road infrastructure by 2025 there will be at least five countries that will report a zero casualties from traffic accidents per year.

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