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The Internet of Things

What If You Could Build Intelligence Into Such A Device That It Could Learn Your Schedule And Adjust Itself Accordingly?

So this month’s article may seem a little off-the-wall, or maybe not, as what might have seemed like the not so distant future is in fact now, ALMOST. Get this, the world’s first learning thermostat by Nest programs itself and saves energy. Hmm, why would a techy like me find it necessary to speak about unloved, yet rather important, home products? The big bold reason is called “The Internet of Things (IoT)”

What’s the big deal about IoT?

“The term Internet of Things was first proposed by Kevin Ashton in 1999 though the concept has been discussed since at least 1991.” ( “If all objects and people in daily life were equipped with identifiers, they could be managed and inventoried by computers.”

It seems a little overwhelming and maybe a little ridiculous, why the heck would you want your toaster, fridge, washer, or dryer hooked up to the internet? Of course companies like Nest with the thermostat, logically shows us that we can turn on our thermostat remotely and adjust the temperature settings for our homes, from anywhere.

It’s kind of neat when you look at it that way.

According to good ole Wikipedia, “Equipping all objects in the world with miniscule identifying devices or machine-readable identifiers could transform daily life. “ The theory is that we would then never run out of stock or generate waste products and objects could be operated according to a persons needs. This is in fact is so popular that we’re expected to have 26 billion devices and appliances ☺ - I guess your appliance will now become a device since its going to have Wi-Fi - on the Internet of Things, by 2020. Imagine surfing the Net from your refrigerator door … he he. Ok, maybe that is a little farther out, BUT we do tend to spend a lot of time in our kitchens so certainly a probability.

So then the next question which remains, is all of this automation and connectivity safe?

To some people this can be a little scary, because it may not always be clear who will have access to the inside of your dryer, jk. ;)

It’s gone so far as to imagine the worse case scenario being that someone can hack your entire house, not just your computer. Yes, with all of the machines connecting to the Internet in the next 5 years there will certainly be need for stronger security. From my point-of-view, I’m excited for the automation of certain things - after all I am an environmentally conscious individual who would love to see a greener planet for our children.

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