An Excuse for Weird Research3

The Internet of Things isn’t a new concept. In fact, this video won’t really surprise you at all, but it does do one thing. It will put into perspective the thrills, chills, dangers but otherwise awesomeness we will be tapping into. Check out this video:

There are a couple of things that stick out to me about the concept of Internet of Things.

The sea of data

Isn’t it amazing that we barely use a fraction of the data that is created and stored on the Internet? Internet of Things Conversion The problem is that we don’t have the interfaces to convert that huge abundance of data into anything usable. There is a big spillage that has the potential to be turned from data into information, into knowledge and then finally into wisdom. There’s an old saying:

Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge?

Well, this is in essence, the reverse process. This is the anti-venom of what so many worry about the intelligence of humans being lowered because of Google.

Now, here’s the real kicker. What happens when we have brain interfaces to the Internet? I know this is incredibly left field, but have you heard of the Akashic Records? Kind of makes a weird New Age concept possible…

 The Internet of Things doing our laundry

Ok, the video didn’t say that the Internet of Things will eventually be scrubbing my unmentionables, but that’s where we’re headed. As more and more “things” connect and communicate with one another and as autonomy takes over our every day life in society, we are left with more and more time to kill. So what’s next? Space exploration? Eternal life? A deep inward reflection of ourselves as a society that leads to the ending of shows like Toddlers & Tiaras? Right now, with the time we’ve freed up for ourselves with the latest and greatest technologies, we’ve used to give ourselves more tasks. And if we haven’t made ourselves busier, we’ve filled that time with brain-less entertainment. What happens when all tasks and chores are done for us? Being a long-term optimist, I think we’re going to grow up. I’ll let you decide what I mean by that.

Now there are real dangers that can come from this. A video game  called Watch Dogs helps illustrate this. This recently released game is about a hacker who lives in a city that is completely run by a single operating system. Can you spot the flaw? Hopefully we’ll be a little more mentally present when running an entire city autonomously, but what do you think?

Is hacking going to eventually lead from digital crimes to physical crimes light property theft, property damage or even direct murder?

  • Richard J

    June 1, 2014

    Indeed. To the last point, one operating system being used for a city, as one being used for a business, creates a single point of failure and all the risks associated. Decentralization helps. Obviously life can never be without risks, but I think even in the internet of everything we can still ensure that the ones who take the biggest risks are the ones who lose the most if the risks turn south.

  • Rustin Odom

    June 1, 2014

    Richard, You are absolutely right. As much as it pains me to bring up the poorly directed film as “Transcendance”, it had a very realistic sense of strategy that an artificial intelligence would take for self preservation.

    SPOILER ALERT: It made backup copies of itself in full intellect detail and integrated itself into every aspect of existence. In this movie’s case: rain.

    So the individual parts that made up the whole actually contained the whole. This would be the same strategy we would need to consider with the Internet of Things.

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