What the Internet of Things Isn’t
Cincinnati, OH | Posted: 05/15/2016 | Author: Stuart Koenig
The Internet of Things (IoT for short) is a term quickly invading the bulk of our interactions and conversations. By now most of us think we know what the Internet of Things means, and how it can affect our daily lives. But do we really have a complete picture of this term? Well, maybe it will be easier to define IoT by what it isn’t, rather than what it is.
It’s Not Tech – The Internet of Things, while dealing with a changing technology, is still about the personal. It’s not just about advancements in portable technology or manufactured applications that shorten up our day and shrink our world. The purpose is (or should be, at least) to provide an infrastructure for bettering human relationships, which improve our well-being in a new age. The emphasis should be on the wearable tech and software platforms only up to the point where we see the value in the message, not in the machinery itself. Put bluntly – don’t be enamored with your smartphone, be enamored with the extra time it gives you to put it down for a while.
It’s Not Foolproof – Interconnectivity makes the world a smaller and faster place, but it’s not without problems. As more and more information gets relayed and stored across networks, the need for security becomes paramount. A week rarely passes without news of a major security breach perpetrated on private companies, or government servers for that matter. As the Internet of Things reaches further into our lives, the potential for waste, fraud and abuse grows greater. A failure to act responsibly in managing the safety and security of our shared information will hinder the public’s trust and embrace of these new pathways of connectivity.
It’s Not a Fad – The Internet of Things is here to stay. Unlike a trend that passes, IoT is changing the way we communicate in a permanent way. Once connections are integrated into our daily lives and applications are built onto applications, the game has officially changed. Technology has a way of wanting to talk to other technology, and the concept isn’t a far-off one. It’s here now, and the ways our connectivity is growing means the positive aspects are limitless. Improving healthcare, climate, business, and even personal well-being, The Internet of Things is here to stay.