The Internet of Things

From your toaster to your vacuum cleaner, the Internet of Things is on the rise as a way to connect just about everything to the web. Scientists believe that 50% of businesses in the world will run off of the Internet Of Things (IoT) by 2020. They believe that this will be part of a Fourth Industrial Revolution

No more will our hardware and machinery utilize old, rusty technology. Ready for the future? Here is all you need to know about the Internet of Things.


When was the Internet of Things First Introduced?

The Internet of Things was first mentioned at a 1999 Procter & Gamble conference by a man named Kevin Ashton, the co-founder of the MIT Auto-ID center. The name “Internet of Things” actually stemmed from the name of his presentation, as he was attempting to explain RFID to the senior management team of Procter & Gamble. 

The idea of the Internet of Things was that machine-generated data could be analyzed through the internet so that companies could make improvements without physically touching the devices. The very first appliance with this type of technology was a Carnegie Mellon University Coke machine.  

Made in the early 1980s, it was crafted so that programmers could see the machine’s status and decide whether or not there was a cold coke inside that would be sitting there if they decided to walk over to the machine. While it seems like a mundane task now, it was the beginning of a technology that would eventually spread to millions of consumer products around the world.

What Is the Internet of Things?

If we are going to get technical, the Internet of Things refers to any object that is connected to the internet. From smartphones to watches to sensors and beyond, it just means any device that can talk to another device through the use of the internet. 

The idea is that programmers can add automated systems to certain devices so that those devices can gather data and information for analytics. These devices can then learn from their own processes to better help the consumer or person using it. Simply put, the Internet of Things helps to bring devices and networks together to collect data and push innovation.

The Internet of Things in Pop Culture / Movies

The Internet of Things can be seen in an episode of Cyberwar from the hit documentary series on VICE Network. Host Ben Makuch discusses the potential of hackers thanks to the Internet of Things, as well as risks to security and privacy.

The Dark Knight shows an overzealous Batman using an echolocation technology that allows him to see through the phones of people around Gotham. He does so to find the Joker and destroy him, though he realizes near the end of the movie that the power is far too much for anyone to have, and ends up destroying the technology that he created. High-tech malware allows government officials to do this now, so we can say with confidence that Bruce Wayne was not so far off.

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The idea of the Internet of Things has been around for quite some time. As more and more devices enter the realm of IoT, we will begin to understand the opportunities and downfalls of this impactful technology. For now, we can do our best to understand IoT so that we can remain secure in a world of connection.