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The Internet of Things(IOT), How would the future be like?

05 Nov

I remember back then, when mobile phone was only used to make a phone call and text other people, when game consoles uses cartridges and wired controllers, and cars that have no extra features. These are only a few things that have changed because of the Internet and not yet including transportation, medical use, security, etc .

It was discussed in our lecture that, by the year 2020, the number of things connected to   the Internet will be greater than the number of human population in the world. Think of it this way, there’s not a day where we do not get exposed to the Internet; cars with built in GPS, game consoles that allows you to play with friends through the Internet, smart phones that tells you the weather and have functions almost as many as a computer. The Internet now has become part of our lives. The Dutch uses wireless sensors on cattle to monitor their health, it can even sense if a cattle is pregnant. Just like the microchips we implant on our pet cats and dogs.

I have learnt that the Internet’s use is far greater then what anyone would expect it to be. At this point, almost anything can be connected to the Internet and only time would tell when we could interact and communicate with the things around us; asking our window to open by itself; shower heater turning on when you lift your towel; a cereal dispenser preparing your breakfast when you step out of your shower. All these ideas can now be a reality because the technology is already out there.

Take a look at this video about a forklift manufacturer,

Technologies connected to the powerful Internet is like a machine with its own brain, like Siri in iPhone 4s, you can ask it questions and it will give you suggestions. We cannot really tell what would come next, but what I can say is, the things that we are thinking about now, is already in the process of creation.

Reference,

CrawnEquiptment 2012, Forklift Design: Improving the Way People Work, accessed 5/11/2012, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5vqN2ACRgM&feature=plcp

Nafiz, F 2012, The Internet of Things, DIGC202, Global Networks, University of Wollongong, delivered 5/11/2012

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6 Comments

Posted by on November 5, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

6 responses to “The Internet of Things(IOT), How would the future be like?

  1. kaytesk

    November 16, 2012 at 7:36 am

    Devices today are being linked together using networks, what we are using and communicating now are actually linking to another objects. Every objects around us may be connecting, processing and sharing information all this while. There are estimated 50 billions object will be connected by 2020, as what you have mentioned the number of things connected to the Internet will be greater than the number of human population in the world. The power of internet is becoming greater and greater. I’ve found a video which discussing about the internet of things, i find it quite informative and interesting and it is relevant to what you are discussing (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cpbbrpgwu2I&feature=related). Perhaps in the future, we would be told by all the objects around us what should we do for the day, we don’t need to think so much, everything are plan nicely. Would this happen one day? Who knows, things are so unpredictable as people in the old time never predict that internet will bring so much influence to today society.

     
  2. cleochong

    November 16, 2012 at 7:45 am

    Even now everything we do is connected to the internet. For example, this subject we learn and the assignment we do are connected to internet. Without internet we would be stuck in a library with lots of paper and pen writing our opinion about the subject we do. We can also look at our home furniture where we no longer have the need to physically press the on button of the fan but with just a remote control. Imagine in the near future, all the technologies we use are connected our smartphones, with a simple application and everything around us can be control by our phones. That will cool, but I can say it will come. Even the movie Iron Man shows the latest technology where designers could us for their 3D designs.

     
  3. ChristyL

    November 16, 2012 at 8:07 am

    Technologies connected to the internet are undeniably powerful machines with a mind of its own. Which leaves us to wonder, if these technologies continue to progress, the world would be self-sustaining in no time. There would be no need for human transactions because every action is done across intelligent machines. Vehicles wouldn’t need a physical driver, checking into hotels would be done at kiosks, vacuum machines would operate on their own leaving us with no need for maids and cleaners. The workforce wouldn’t exist because there is no need for it when everything can be achieved by machines. In other words, humans wouldn’t have a need for existence because there is nothing we can do that machines can’t.

     
  4. jeswena

    November 16, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    It is nice to have a comfortable lifestyle where we do not need to do much as everything is being done for us but I think that would make us humans less productive. If something as simple as having to open your car door can be done for you, there is nothing much left for you to do. This is not necessarily a good thing, this will mean less initiative and people will become lazy. There will be less social interaction as well because you do not even have to lift a finger to do something for yourself, let alone ask someone for help to do something. Hence, doing everything in moderation is the best, even living a comfortable like should be done in moderation.

     
  5. aryssafahmy

    November 16, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    I like Cleo’s comment. It is true. Without the internet, we will have to study the old fashion way which is going to the library and look for books for sources. Now with the power of Internet it has make our life and job easier. We can easily do our assignments at home, where we can take our time doing so instead of having to go to a library where it closes early and even better, the book we choose as a source isn’t allowed to be borrowed. True it is not always good to depend too much on the internet to get things done. But we sort of grew up in this kind of environment where internet helps finish up work fast. It is hard to push it aside just like that.

     
  6. SzeYing

    November 22, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    As what you mentioned in your article, by the year 2020, the number of things connected to the Internet will be greater than the number of human population in the world. Now almost everything we do is connected to internet. Internet has become part of our life. I can’t say that we can’t live without internet but without internet our life would be very dull.

     

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