OCTOBER 12, 2014
We have al heard of the Internet of Things, or the Internet of Everything, or the Industrial Internet. Often, the Internet of Things is linked to smart home devices–everyday objects that are connected to the internet–but 25 years from now, the Internet of Things will be a lot more than just connected refrigerators that tell you that you need to buy milk.
Although the Internet of Things is already around us for around a decade, it seems that we are reaching the tipping point thanks to new application developed for example with Edison, a computer developed by Intel the size of a SD card. This full-powered Pentium-class PC is powered by a dual-core Quark SOC, runs Linux, and has built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. Such developments will accelerate the development of connected and smart devices.
Technologies such as artificial intelligence and machine learning will result in exciting new range of connected devices in the next decade. Including devices that monitor your personal health and virtual assistants that leave Siri in the dust. The infographic below from software company Aria Systems details the past, present and future of the Internet of Things and shows us that an exciting future awaits us.
Smart homes are just the beginning of this, including connected walls and sensors in every device. After all, smart homes will be connected to a smart grid and a smart city that will results in a completed connected society. This might seem far away, but there are already several experiments happening around the world where smart cities are being developed. The most well known example is the smart city of Songdo, where everything will be connected to everything. This city is planned to cater for approximately 65.000 citizens by 2016.
The future of the Internet of Things might be closer than we think. We live in exponential times, where accelerated change is the only constant, so we better get used to a completely connected society that will be efficient and effective, with most probably quite a few fantastic application that have yet to be invented.