We really don't want an "Internet of Everything" but even building an Internet of Everythinguseful means setting some ground rules to insure there's value in the process and that costs and risks are minimized.
Thanks for this, Tom. We hear 'The Internet of Things' going around more and more, and the truth is that it's ultimately just another buzzword. As true as it is (and as awesome of an age as this is to live in), there's nothing tangible that seperates tomorrow's 'internet of everything' from today's 'internet of most things' - it's just the number of devices connected and in what contexts. It's worth taking some time to look at exactly how these devices are connected, and whether or not those connections are meaningful.
You're right to point out, for example, that there's nothing magical about connecting something that wasn't connected just because it's associated with this buzzword - it's simply opening a network connection like any other, and it has it's benefits and it's drawbacks. In fact, there are bound to be unique kinds of risks and drawbacks that we're not used to (IE security, as you mention), possibly tipping the balance. Maybe everything will be connected someday, but there's no need to rush it - and indeed, doing so may only cause problems and slow us down in the long run.
Good concerns. However when there is a will there is a way , although the problems of security / hacking/privacy exists to a great extend in today's info tech life and without solving these issues in a beffiting manner this concept would be of no use. Howvere yes we should be optimist and this step is defintly an extra mile towards new dimension in internet world.
Those were my concerns, Sara. Think about the small point of home alarm systems. Most are not accessible to the Internet, but for those that are there have already been stories of hacking or blocking. Suppose that every alarm system was online, every garage door, every home appliance. How long would it take before people decided to turn on the neighbor's coffee pot in the middle of the night to play a joke and set a house on fire, or opened a door and let someone in? There is always an exponential risk associated with extending access to something and sometimes little or no benefit in the extension, so the balance is way over to the wrong side. I'm sure your surveys have said that people today think that security and hacking are the biggest problems with the Internet. Why make the impact of those problems immeasurably worse without taking strong steps to solve them first?
@Tom It sounds a little sensational to say that if we really connected EVERYTHING we'd "break society" within the first 24 hours... but it doesn't sound very sensational. I think your security and privacy concerns are entirely legitimate.
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