Transforming Our Lives Through The “The Internet of Things”.
Will we one the day be able to simply look down at our wrist and get a full, up-to-the-minute report on our health status? Might our refrigerator soon bypass us entirely and tell our car to remind us, when we are out, that we are low on milk? Is it just science fiction? Quite the contrary, this reality is actually within reach of us all!
These days, Artificial Intelligence and Robotics are said to be taking over our world, but we are, in all actuality, experiencing the advent of a Fourth Industrial Revolution, or Industry 4.0, and we barely even realise it. All these different technologies that “talk” to each other are changing the way we work and live, and today as we dive into that vast world of possibility, IoT, or “Internet of Things” is a term we will be hearing a lot about in the course of this article. It connects various everyday objects such as a clock, a TV, a refrigerator, your car, your home and even your body to giving them computing and communication capabilities when connected to the Internet.
Advanced Technology at Our Very Fingertips.
So the ability of all these to communicate with each other is going to highly personalise the way resources are used. Just imagine the variations on a theme like this:
What if your car could tell you when to change the brake pads because it intelligently sensed the way you drive and could, therefore, calculate the actual wear of these components? What if your watch could sense that your blood sugar was slowly falling and remind you to eat something healthy, avoiding a blood sugar crash that would drive you to drink a soda and eat a bag of chips without thinking?
Businesses would be able to develop a deeper understanding of each customer as an individual and deliver a whole new level of value, according to Guilherme Araújo, Executive Assistant to IBM’s Latin American General Manager, and recent leader of IBM Brazil’s Cyber Security and Artificial Intelligence divisions. Decision makers will have access to mountains of data from sensors everywhere, and they will also be able to make much more sophisticated decisions. Service industries like Uber, for example, will be able to use data collected on smartphone sensors to monitor traffic in real time, and that data will be used to make decisions about the required number of drivers.
These new innovations may eventually do more than just make our lives easier. It sounds like the volume of data to be collected will have the ability to expand our entire understanding of the world around us. We’ll know exactly how much everything, from electricity to diapers, from irrigation water to perspiration, from calories to contagious disease particles, is consumed and produced.
The Internet of Things could make us smarter and help us manage every resource on the planet.
It’s safe to say the world is already becoming a better place to live with the Internet of Things and the possibilities are limitless.
This is definitely going to take us way past managing the thermostat in our homes remotely!
And perhaps the very best thing about IoT is that by all these things talking to each other, we will no longer be slaves to technology. This will be a definite game-changer!