As with most startup industries, IoT has always been a risky idea. Teaching the machines surrounding us to communicate? It sounds like something out of a sci-fi movie, but that’s the reality in which we now live. In 1950 Alan Turing recommended that “it is best to provide the machine with the best sense organs that money can buy, and then teach it to understand and speak English. This process could follow the normal teaching of a child.” While the potential rewards for creating sentient shop vacs are many, the risks also pile up.
We still do not understand the power and scope of pervasive entertainment, nor do we fully grasp the role of IoT in the global hacking which has become more a part of our world after recent document divulgences and election meddling. In 2014, the number of mobile devices and machines finally surpassed the human population, and today over 22 billion machines communicate daily through IoT. As the Internet of Things continues to grow both in size and capability, it’s important to step back and understand where it came from, what it can do, and where it may go. Here’s an IoT timeline taking a look at the trajectory of this booming industry.
IoT is a rapidly expanding tool. Utilized correctly, it has the potential to augment human and technological advances exponentially. It’s important to keep in mind the risks that come with such power, and protect our businesses and information accordingly. IoT will continue to shape the future, and it’s up to us to control what that looks like.