The Internet of Things

Ah, the last post of the semester. Let’s talk about the Internet of Things (IoT). Should I make the Game of Thrones reference now, or save it for later? As suggested by it’s name, the IoT is not just one little thing. It’s made up of all the devices that connect the world around us- appliances, materials and personal technologies. Our IoT world is growing at a crazy rate- from 2 billion objects in 2006 to a projected 200 billion by 2020. Thats almost 26 smart objects for every human on the planet!

Most IoT aren’t just found around the home or in your phone. They build up a lot of what we know in the world. These smart objects are giving major industries the vital information they need. The business and manufacturing industry utilises robotic machinery, where health care has moved onto electronic record keeping. Retail has things like inventory tracking and smart phone purchasing, where security have remote sensors. The transportation are able to use GPS locators and performance tracking. These smart objects are making life easier for people.

The meme I’ve made below showcases this, in a way. Yes, it’s just a movie but bits show the truth of today’s time. Charlie’s dad lost his job to a machine, that could do his previous job at a much faster rate. Not all hope was lost though. New technologies aren’t perfect and this machine showed that by breaking down, which made demand for a new type of job. They needed someone to fix it… charlie


3 thoughts on “The Internet of Things”

  1. Hi Jess,

    I really enjoyed your summing up of the subject that is DIGC202! Your meme is funny but also on the flip side it is also quite scarily correct. The internet as you said has become such a prominent part of todays society as well as technological advancement which is seeing such jobs as the ‘toothpaste man’ being replaced with technology built machinery.

    I think my favourite example of ‘robotic machinery’ taking over what I would classify as a ‘real life person job’ is the use of self service in grocery shops such as Coles and Woolworths. It has reduced communicative interaction with other people, but has increased efficiency and decreased time spent in lines waiting to pay for your grocery. I found this link to different articles that are of relevance to this example if you would like to check it out for more information.

    Otherwise a really good blog that summarises the course well.

  2. Nice meme Jesse, simple and straight to the point. However, you would engage readers more if you included the meme at the start of your post.
    From reading your post I have begun to think of what jobs are going to be much needed in the future. Immediately a ‘WIFI fixer’ pops into my head. Maybe the internet of things is a contributing factor as to why coding workshops and classes are to be introduced into Australian primary schools.
    I can’t help but think that Charlie’s dad will be forever without a job because they will create a machine that fixes another machine. It’s been great reading your blogs this semester, good luck for the future!

  3. Your post was really fun to read and the meme was a great fit for the topic! It’s really interesting to see how far the idea of the smart objects go until there will be an endless amount of objects working together and the human element is completely eliminated! This video shows how we are almost there: There is one person in a whole factory and even then the ONE human job in the whole building manages to spill a lot of pieces.

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