Are we ready for the “Internet of Things”?
A lot of researchers have been asking themselves how the Internet will slowly change everything around the world. The phrase “Internet of Things” was coined in 1999 by researcher Kevin Ashton while he was working for Procter & Gamble. What he meant is that the Internet will slowly start to seep into every industry that we have, whether its cars, homes, factories, hospitals and even gambling.
But his point was that we should be skeptical of these changes. Some of these technological opportunities will come with risks which are not easy to notice at first. The more activities we tie to the Internet, the more vulnerable we slowly become to hacking, cyber-warfare, software glitches and so on.
We have a lot of examples in recent years when the Internet was used to achieve a lot of evil deeds by different groups. Huge companies have had their databases hacked and exploited, sometimes for profit and sometimes just for the hell of it. A better example of how this can be troublesome is the current questions which are going around about self-driving vehicles. What if somebody could easily access and hack your vehicle while you’re driving it. The implications could be deadly for the people involved.
The crucial question that we have to ask ourselves is if connecting all the things that govern our lives to the Internet won’t just cause more problems in the long run. Only time will tell how this will pan out but one thing is certain, the times are definitely changing.