(via Luigi de Bernardini)
Just about everything is being internet enabled nowadays. With these so-called ‘smart’ devices are becoming more and more prevalent in the market. But it’s not really objects that you would immediately consider as needing to be connected to the net. Oh, no it is not, they’re things like fridges and bloody toothbrushes. Call me old-fashioned, but I just don’t think that my life is in great need of a kettle that allows me to control the exact temperature of the water, or an egg carton that that will send me a notification when I’m running out of eggs.
However, I do suppose it’s the inevitable next step in technology, as we edge ever closer to the future that Wall-e predicted for us.
There’s big part of me that just doesn’t want to see humanity fall to something like SkyNet. Or to live in a house that is so damn ‘internetted’ that I’m subject to a rogue AI like HAL 9000 in 2001: A Space Odyssey.
One of the real issues that I can see with internet expanding to more and more objects is the use of the information gathered. What would these corporations be doing with the data that they collect from our devices? Burrus also discusses this, “the real value that the Internet of Things creates is at the intersection of gathering data and leveraging it.” And so you really have to wonder how this info will be leveraged.
But, what do you think? Will we keep on connecting every device we can, no matter how silly, or when do we stop?