There are few things in the world right now that can be labeled as essentially self-constructing, but the Internet is certainly one of them. A technology that began relatively recently, and one that many people thought would not fly, ended up changing much of the face of the world as it has been known up until the 1990s. While people remain divided on whether or not the Internet has ultimately been a force of good or bad, one aspect everyone can agree on is that it has altered the way many industries operate, as well as how people communicate. The Internet has created opportunities for convenience for millions of people, and, through its almost unilateral expansion, is gradually becoming self-building.
Analysts and researchers are now compiling studies that point to the future being able to unfurl the Internet of Things, a wider expansion of the already immeasurable Internet. The title of the Internet of Things is a brief and almost humorously simple attempt at describing what is truly an infinite concept. It is the idea – and the approaching reality – that information and mechanical systems will be interacting almost seamlessly with physical objects, humans and other living organisms, on a back-and-forth basis, by the year 2025.
This type of prospect has the possibility of reaching extremely far and wide. Even the most rudimentary predictions or concepts have the likelihood of painting areas that had never been previously affected by immersive technology with a new light. The Internet of Things would encompass all areas of the world, collecting data through cameras, sensors and data retrievers, submitting it to humans and developing a limitless exchange of information. This would gradually allow the Internet to become self-building, giving it the resources to automate itself more fully and become almost entirely integrated with human bodies.
Google Glass is a small taste of what the Internet of Things will look and feel like. Google launched the initial opportunity for individuals in selected cities to try out the brand new technology, which ended up collecting a flurry of reviews, both positive and negative. Google’s new product is far from having been laid to rest, however, and is still being improved. While Google Glass remains in beta mode, the company is working on making the aesthetics of the product more wearable and pleasing to the public by combining its capabilities with traditional eyewear frames.
But the premise of Google Glass and its capacity for an interactive flow with information brings up many points worthy of consideration. Having a constant flow of information from humans to computers and back seems to be an unreasonable breach of privacy. On one hand, researchers have mentioned that the Internet of Things would have the capability to monitor all of an individual’s vital signs, health trajectory and dietary patterns. This could lead to improved healthcare and the ability to change personal choices more easily, but it also raises the question of where such development would stop.
The Internet of Things is predicted to become integrated with everything from businesses, highways and machinery to residences, natural landscapes and humans. Embeddable microchips that are already being used for lab tests on animals and some human experiments are likely to become the norm, whether for personal use or through government issuance.
Automated sensors and programs will allow for people to tend to their gardens or lawns with a few touch-screen buttons from miles away. Data harvesters near oceans, fields, mountains and forests will provide scientists with information to move forward with experimentation or lab proceedings without having to be near the location itself. With such endless convenience provided by these imminent devices, however, it makes one wonder why these high levels of convenience were needed in the first place.
Tending to one’s garden as an organic, physical activity can give way to plenty of enjoyment and even greater health. Simply going out for a jog for the fun of it, instead of feeling the need to constantly upload information to the Internet before and after an exercise, may become the rarity instead of the norm. But with constant surveillance of personal information that is ready at the fingertips, higher authorities and governments may not be content enough to allow people to moderate their own information.
Microchips could well become the new societal standard of the cell phone. Humans without microchips may be prevented from privileges such as flying overseas, renting a car or purchasing a home. The questions pertaining to “why” the Internet of Things could be brought about must be deeply considered and answered before the questions of “how” and “what” should be answered. In spite of that, the Internet is pressing forward in becoming self-building, and it will gradually remodel the experience that humans have with each other and with technology.
Opinion By Brad Johnson