Possibilities of Internet of Things

Most of know or at least heard about the Internet of Things. It is the combining of any device possible to the Internet so that it can communicate with other devices or with a person by the use of other devices like a smart phone. Internet of Things also provides an option for the devices to talk among themselves without any human intervention. Some might have just realised  the gravity of this situation. Some might wonder that, “this is something cool!”, while others might see the good this can do. This does raise  a few serious questions whose answer is relative to each person because morality is a human character that cannot be quantified.

Is the Internet of Things (IoT) a good thing?  Can it cause any harm? does the bad outweigh the good? If it doesn’t as of yet, then till what point can we tolerate it? Are there things being kept from the general public? Now, these are questions to which answer is needed.   The Internet is a treasure trove of information. A regular survey would give you hundreds or probably thousands of good things it can do and probably a few hundred disadvantages. But this doesn’t suffice. As the IoT develops, many minds will be working on it and the combined effort might lead to a singular disaster. Thus, the disadvantages found online regarding the Internet of Things is not adequate. It requires the people’s wildest imagination to  bring an account of what bad can happen. Once we have an idea as to what can go wrong, we would then make it a point to question scenarios that might occur when the major corporations  or Internet Giants.  They could definitely come up with products and solutions claiming that it was things that people were waiting for and that they are happy to be a part of it.  But if they were telling the truth the claim would be, “here is something that seems really cool,  you are not worthy of realising what it truly is, so just buy it!”

Now, these are questions to which answer is needed as soon as possible.   The Internet is a treasure trove of information. A regular survey would give you hundreds or probably thousands of good things it can do and probably a few hundred disadvantages. But this doesn’t suffice. As the IoT develops, many minds will be working on it and the combined effort might lead to a singular disaster. Thus, the disadvantages found online regarding the Internet of Things is not adequate. It requires the people’s wildest imagination to  bring an account of what bad can happen. Once we have an idea as to what can go wrong, we would then make it a point to question scenarios that might occur when the major corporations  or Internet Giants.  They could definitely come up with products and solutions claiming that it was things that people were waiting for and that they are happy to be a part of it.  But if they were telling the truth the claim would be, “here is something that seems really cool,  you are not worthy of realising what it truly is, so just buy it!”

I would like to make it clear that I too see the ocean of benefits that it could give us. Internet of Things  is required for businesses to grow. It can give us medical equipments that can save lives when human intervention is not possible. It can help devices to talk to each other and solve the problems themselves. IoT can make a group of  devices to monitor critical moments, adjusting themselves the changing environment and alert the concerned authority of any potential danger. BUT, what about the downfall?  When profits have a higher priority over potential disaster, I am sure that the signs of danger will be disregarded  until ignorance is no longer an option.  I feel the right thing to do would not be throwing this ideology or  concept away, but to question and reason every bit of it. To think about the choices made and the consequence, it brings with it. It should be kept it  mind, for when disaster catastrophe strikes we neither have another planet to escape nor a time machine.

I feel it is necessary for people to have a speculative mind. The Internet of Things is a rising trend, on its way to become a part of people’s personal lives. It should be made sure that it doesn’t cause any further harm to our being or to what’s left of our privacy. Well, these were my views, I would be glad to know what others think about it!

 

Image source: SOGETI labs 

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