The Internet of Things (IoT)
The main advantage of the Internet is its ability to connect billions of computers and devices to each other. Not only does the Internet create convenience in sharing and receiving information between users, another advantage of the modern Internet is its ability for automation. Enter “ The Internet of Things ”, where devices and sensors communicate with each other to automatically perform a designated task or function. For example, a smart thermostat could reduce your energy cost by automatically adjusting the temperature when it senses you have left the house. Additionally, it “learns” your heating and cooling preferences and adjusts them to your liking.
I fear that history will repeat itself again. As we discover something powerful, we become less responsible and more self-motivated towards our own goals. To be able to reach out to a single person a thousand miles away a century ago would’ve been God-like in its essence. Yet to have the same ability today with hundreds or thousands? My wish would be to leave Pandora in her box until we were ready to match its quick evolution but I understand that as a society today we embrace progression through trial and error. That is how we have always done it and that is how it will always be done. This is how we have always behaved. Who is the monkey now? One of our legacies of this age is that our greatest advancements have mainly been achieved in times of war. God help us if we should discover that these advancements could have been achieved in times of peace, together. The lives lost, facebook technology could never bring back AND the lesson is still not learnt. We still behave like a monkey in a new suit with a smart phone.
Facebook to me? It’s another brand new toy for us children to play with again…until another bigger and more sparkling toy comes along 🙂