Just several decades ago, if you decided to talk to someone about internet it would appear as a fairytale material. Internet is a place to which almost everyone in the world has access to and a privilege to alter it and add data to it for other people to access. It is estimated that if all the data on the internet were transferred to books and piled up, there would be enough material to reach Pluto and back over 80 times. However, there is something that threatens to make the internet seem like a child’s play.
The internet of things
The internet of things is a revolutionary idea based on the aspiration to connect the physical world as it were data on the internet. As the ancient Roman Empire was built unknowingly for centuries before it became a superpower, internet of things was something that was slowly constructed over the ages before anyone recognize and name it.
It is not uncommon for someone who is locked out of his car to be able to unlock it automatically with a simple password or a short call to the manufacturers. As the negative counterpart, it is also a common occurrence, again in the car industry, that cars are often getting more and more stolen via laptop than via lockpick. These two examples perhaps already hint that, as anything else in the world, internet of things is neither good nor bad but depends on the way one uses it. It depends on the person who wields it.
The ethical issues
Although as we already mentioned, the internet of things is not objectively good or bad, there are still some question about the ethical challenges that Internet of Things brings. First one of these issues is concerned with the question of will it be possible for one to avoid the Internet of Things once it establishes itself on a global scale. Yes, it brings some incredible features within but it also brings some risks to everyone’s privacy. We are growing more and more dependent on technology every day and there are some concerns that the internet of things will just make all of this worse.
Still, another ethical issue simply needs to be addressed. If we as a species have an opportunity to make something that will plunge us technologically centuries forward and improve the quality of lives of majority of people, do we have the right not to do it. Many practical inventions can be improved and made superior by connecting them to the internet of things and that is what this is all about.
The advantages that the IOT brings
First of all, it is important to mention that IOT arises, not from some scheme or hidden agenda but from the necessity for its existence. There are some clear industrial benefits that IOT brings, as well as some personal practical uses for it. For example, you can today get a smart thermostat that can track your phone’s GPS signal and turn the heating on, once you start approaching your home. Although it doesn’t seem as much, just imagine the savings that you will be able to make this way while never again freezing in your own home. The future is here, the future is IOT.
As we already mentioned before the IOT same as internet has so many data, uses and sides that it is impossible for anyone to list them all. This article is not an exception. Still, from the current point of view, the idea of IOT is simply too exciting for us as a species to just let it slide and something that could solve some serious issues of mankind for good, as well as make the lives of ordinary people far more convenient.