Welcome to the future

So correct me if I’m wrong, but my understanding of the ‘internet of things’ is an object being connected to the internet.  This could vary from a phone, radio, play station/xbox machine etc and even TV (Im sure there are heaps of other things I could have listed but i feel that you get the idea). This enables them to become sociable and allows them to have multipurpose.

So I’m sure you have all seen the ad for the NetChef. I feel that this is a perfect example for the ‘internet of things’. The NetChef acts like a cook book that also connects to the internet allowing you to find other recopies, conversion charts etc.

By being connected to the internet, the NetChef enables users to achieve multiple goals/task at once. This can also be achieved through smart phones, game consoles, TV’s. And as the video in the lecture showed, most things can be connect to one another and all you need to do is push a remote (or tap an ipad)

Most people (especially generation y) will see the ‘internet of things’ as a beneficial thing. Everything will be connected. Everything will be multipurpose. But is that what we really what. Is there ever a time where you just want to be by yourself and not be connected? Do you ever want to get away from society? Maybe in the future these thoughts won’t even be possible, we may be continuously connected to one another, even if we don’t like it. 

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5 thoughts on “Welcome to the future

  1. I’m still not sure if I think ‘the internet of things’ is a good thing or not. It comes with both positives and negatives like every other thing in the world, but one negative that I did not think of that you made mention to was the fact that will we ever be able to be alone? will we ever not be connected in the future? and what does this mean. I have been so concerned thinking about the consequences that hacking would have on ‘the internet of things’ that I didn’t even stop to think about the negative of 24/7 connectedness. As Ted mentioned in the lecture and as this link shows- http://280.vc/post/30974058942/before-long-even-your-t-shirt-will-be-connected something as simple as our T-shirt will soon become connected to our social media platforms, this fact scares me. I really don’t like the fact that my clothes could become digitally connected, I feel like my clothes are mine and once anything joins the digital world it’s no longer yours or in your complete control. Then again there is the fact that I don’t want to be left behind or miss out on these evolving technologies so I am back to where I began, I’m still not sure if I think ‘the internet of things’ is a good thing or not.

  2. I don’t know if you remember the 90’s Nickelodeon T.V show The Secret World of Alex Mack, but it was about a girl who could control electricity (Among other things) with her hands, she could turn on lights and other electrical appliances just by gesturing her hand towards it. The Internet of things is going to be a step towards this. If all of our electrical appliances are connected to the Internet, as were we, being that though a computer chip in our hands or a computer chip on our watch, or simply with our smartphones, we will be able to control and manipulate all of those electrical appliances from anywhere at anytime. We already have the technology to control almost all electrical appliances from our smartphones, this includes door locks and light switches. The potential the Internet has given us to give life to almost anything is astonishing.

  3. As daunting as all this Internet of Things talking may seem, I think in the end it will provide us with many positive aspects. This website, http://postscapes.com/internet-of-things-examples/, shows many exciting examples of the Internet of Things being applied. Always being connected to the Internet may seem like a negative thing, but being able to check on your children from downstairs, monitor an ageing family member, make sure the oven is off and monitor pollution levels, is most definitely changing the way we live for the better. There will always be different views on the Internet of Things, neither right or wrong. But I do find it all fascinating.

  4. I am the kind of person who seek Internet of things as a beneficial creation. To answer your question if i would ever not want to be connected or leave alone, of course, yes, but I can choose to turn it off can’t I? But the thing is, it has to happen! There way too many challenges to make Internet of things truly exist! This link (http://insights.wired.com/profiles/blogs/internet-of-things-myriad-of-possibilities#axzz2iecfRV2P) indicate the idea of Internet of things and suggested the possibility of making it happen need a lots of time or maybe it is even impossible. Anyway, there always different view on Internet of things, while it is not actually happening yet, what we can do is wait.

  5. I would encourage you to also think about both sides of the argument. You have outlined the positives and given a great example of the NetChef but have only explained of one negative regarding our alone time. I urge you to also consider the negative impact the Internet of things could have on the breach of privacy, over-reliance on technology, and the loss of jobs. This link, https://sites.google.com/a/cortland.edu/the-internet-of-things/disadvantages, outlines in detail the disadvantages of the Internet of things. Personally, I find it all quite exciting but for every pro, there is usually a con. There will be a multitude of advantages to come from the Internet of things even such as benefits for health and safety. So lets just hope the positives out way the negatives!

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