Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Internet of Things (IoT) Future

Internet of Things is the new buzzword. The word Internet has itself become so ubiquitous, that we do not even think twice before using it. Also this is one word which has penetrated everyone in all countries, in every level of society. I cannot think of any other phenomena in history which has affected each and everyone of the human beings with such speed and intensity and at such low cost. Those who are not touched yet, it's a matter of time than anything else. 

Internet helped in connecting all the computing devices to each other. The Internet of things proposes to take it to next level. Everything in the world will be connected to each other. Everything means everything possible be it living or non living. There will be sensors embedded everywhere. These
sensors itself will be mini computing platforms, but with the advancement in technology, they may be as powerful as any of present day computing platforms. 

Imagine a smart sensor fitted in you also. That device will be your identification. It will carry all the details about you. When you stand in front of your door, there will be another sensor on the door which will negotiate the authentication and authorization with you and the door and  will let you in. You stand in front of the car and the car's sensor will talk to your sensor and let you in. Of course, it will be a driver less car, so sit back and relax. You can even let your friend to use your car temporary by authorizing him temporarily in the central authentication server controlling the car. If you hate him, you might revoke the authority in the middle of nowhere, right in the middle of a forest. The car would just stop, and the doors will open. The moment your friend will come out to check if everything is fine, the doors will shut back and the car will race back to your garage. When he will meet you back, you plan to present yourself with a long face and saying sorry profusely and blaming the car about everything.

However don't think your friend is lost. He is going to raise an alarm using his sensor may be using a small interface which he is wearing as a watch. The signal would be taken back to another server which deals with emergencies and a chopper or another car might be racing towards him. It will even signal him that he needs to climb a tree before help arrives as there is a Lion spotted at a distance of around half a mile. Of course, humans have put a sensor in the Lion also in the name of wild life conservation.

Even your dog will carry the smart sensor so he does not needs a dog opening in your door. The moment he comes to the door, the door will open and let him in. Once the dog is in, the door will shut behind. It's  different thing that the dog would still identify you by smell and other biological cues. So much so for human engineering, the things that are in the realm of god will remain so.

It will be difficult to do mischievous things as your movements are tracked everywhere. The evidence of crime scenes will be a set of data logs showing the exact paths of movement of criminals. You buy anything and the bills will be automatically generated. The money transfer between parties will be just movement of numbers in some server as paper currency will cease to exist. Imaging what would happen if just after a dinner in a restaurant, during money transfer you start getting "No route to Host" or "Access denied error", because of a bug. Never forget the art of dish cleaning, it might come handy.

Though I think the human mind will still find a way to short circuit things as new breed of hackers might come into existence. The disadvantage of such complex systems is that it will be difficult for a human mind to comprehend it. The humans will depend on its outcome and if someone can hack into the system, the world may change in a drastic way, without anyone even noticing about it for a long time to come. People would be happily following the outputs. Matrix may I say.

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