Rise of the Machines and Matrix is getting nearer with Cloud technologies developing into “Internet of things” concept.
Imagine a world where about 26 billion of wireless devices are connected into machine-to-machine interface network – and it is forecast to arrive somewhere between 2020 and 2025. Would humans still be needed, as self-aware electronic population of smart devices grows larger than that of homo sapiens? Okay, just kidding – but what, really, would IoT bring onto this planet’s face?
The Internet of Things is the network of physical objects that contain embedded technology to communicate and sense or interact with their internal states or the external environment.
Due to the low cost of adding IoT capability to consumer products, it is expected that all future devices would be made ready to connect, given correct software – and with falling costs of processors, literally, everything could be connected to anything, to measure, monitor, collect, analyze and control data.
|Mini-Computing||1965-1980||~10M||Thousands||Tens of millions|
|PC & Client/Server||1980-1995||~100M||Tens of thousands||Hundreds of millions|
|Internet (Web)||1995-2010||~1B||Hundreds of thousands||Billions|
|SMAC||2010-2025?||Tens of billions||Millions||Billions|
“The fact is, that today, many categories of connected things in 2020 don’t yet exist. As product designers dream up ways to exploit the inherent connectivity that will be offered in intelligent products, we expect the variety of devices offered to explode”, said Peter Middleton, research director at Gartner.
Changes that are foreseen now would affect, for instance, insurance industry, healthcare, and agriculture – with huge amounts of exact data being turned into conclusions that take effect at once.
These predictions are based on such hot trend of last years as ERP and CRM systems getting mobile and merging and infiltrating social media; more Cloud enterprise investments instead of developing company’s infrastructure. For now all of this wears a fashionable acronym SMAC (Social, Mobile, Analytics and Cloud), and seems to be a word for new industrial and/or technological revolution, a new level of integration of data processing. Now, it’s under human control and about humans. In next 10 years, with devices doing their interaction far from mortals’ eyes, encoded, would it not be called Skynet?