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? 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?