IOT: More than just things

The Internet of Things is a nascent market where organizations can get connected with human among physical objects, setting up cloud-connected devices which allow to send and receive orders or data (Jackson, 2014). It also refers to a dramatic development to the functions of Internet which enables communication through sensored networks (Ferber,2013).

In fact, according to the Ferber’s projections, 75 percent of the world populations will have access to the Internet and more than six billion devices as interconnected global system includes goods, objects, machines, appliances, buildings, vehicles, animals, people, plants and soil (Barrett, 2012). Specifically, they are including computer networks, sensors, actuators and devices which use Internet protocols and also referred to as the next generation of Internet (Ferber, 2013).

What is more importantly influential to us is, the Internet of things has changed our lives of living when ‘things’ are connected with the Internet and become active (Julian Bleecker). There’s a short video clip of how IoT changes our lives without saying a yes to them.

However, due to the Internet of things has a dramatic effect not only on our daily routines but also governance. The United State is now advocating a new data-based way to play a new rule or regulation to their citizens as governance which defined as ‘algorithmic regulation’ (Morozow, 2014). The cases of accidents or cars stolen have gradually increasing, referring to the database from Sperry Rand Corporation. The technology pioneers in the US are considering to build a built-in mechanism in cars markets in order to stop vehicles remotely. Jim Farley,  a senior of Ford executive says that,

“we know everyone who breaks the law, we know when you’re doing it. We have GPS in your car, so we know what you’re doing. By the way, we don’t supply that data to anyone.”

What they are really doing is that, they get ‘smart’ in cars and roads where the authorities can prevent the crime instead of waiting you as drivers to break the rules. The United States works with other organizations such as Ofcom envisions which promises a central control of traffic system which can impose variable speed limits to smooth the flow of driving or to manage the speed of accelerating (Morozov, 2014).

In April, Apple technology deploys a chip or sensor into the smartphones to analyse if the car is moving and if the person is using phone while driving. This functions when two actions are met at the same time, it simply blocks the texting features of smart phone. Furthermore, Intel and Ford are working on the face recognition of the drivers whether to prevent the car being used or in order to send a picture of owners to activate the car engines (Morozov, 2014).

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8 thoughts on “IOT: More than just things

  1. The Internet of things is exciting! Its like Christmas, the potential is endless and we could eventually end up with some really cool, innovative things. People rejecting the IOT are dumb and probably shouldn’t own a computer. The argument is that privacy will be breached with people having personal data emitters connected to their smartphones ect but that is seemingly the way that the world is moving in, so people should start embracing that we are heading into a world where we are monitored 24/7, we can be tracked and followed 24/7 and anyone can find you if they wanted to. Sometimes you do it without even releasing! Every time you check in on Facebook your telling 4 billion + people where you are at that exact moment so, essentially your already doing it, except now its just been brought to your attending with some menacing evil connotation added to it.

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  2. Very interesting read. I like the examples you give to show what the internet of things is, and just how scary the potential for using this data is. Hopefully we can trust our governments as more and more of these data collecting devices become available!

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  3. mab6199 says:

    Good choice of topic for your blog and good range of sources to back up your points-including the great video! However, I think it could of been improved by a bit more attention to detail. I found your writing a bit clumsy, often changing tenses throughout and poor sentence structuring, but this is easily fixed. Your blog topic was great, just your execution could of been improved.

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  4. This is a very interesting blog! I really like the example of cars and technology, that’ll surely be an interesting future. Your references are relevant and you explored some very interesting avenues, great work this session, April!

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  5. Great post April. You give a good overview of how the Internet of Things is being developed in a number of commercial industries and professional settings. What I find truely fascinating about the IoT is the passionate, “Do It Yourself” community that has emerged around it. Here is a website with some clever examples of DIY projects people have completed in regards to the IoT http://postscapes.com/internet-of-things-award/diy/

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  6. Nice read, really helpful in showing the direction in which the Internet of things is going as well as showing the many examples that we have today. The sources throughout the whole blog are really relevent and help to show the point you are trying to make

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  7. Great and interesting post on the Internet of Thing. Love the example you have included in your post, very relevant and informative. With the IoT is said to be the next evolutionary leap in our connected world, undoubtedly it will definitely improve and enhance every aspect of our life by getting works done more effortlessly. However, with more and more objects become networked, it also raises alarms on privacy issue. More IoT also means that more of these ‘things’ are constantly recording and reporting our everyday behavior to the big data which some companies or governments might take advantage on it. This article presents a very useful standpoint in addressing privacy issue of the internet of things, http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2013/09/08/privacy-and-the-internet-of-things/laws-can-ensure-privacy-in-the-internet-of-things.

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