The Internet of Things
The Internet of Things is happening and it’s all about the automation of connected devices such as computers, cell phones, and self-driving cars. None of these devices would be useful or functional without a connection to the Internet. The Internet of Things [IoT] is the engine behind the 4th Industrial Revolution occurring now in the 21st Century. We can choose to get off the grid and go dark, or we can join the revolution—the choice is a binary.
There are reasons to get off the Internet and toss all of your connected devices that will no longer. Hopefully, if you choose this route you will recycle those electronics as you walk out that door. Getting off the Internet is a great way to go dark and if you have something to hide you have a good reason, but you will be left behind and left out of the future, and that future has already been launched like a rocket ship.
The reason to stay connected is simply to join the Progression of Things [PoT] that has been ever evolving in human history. Today, with the help of AI [Artificial Intelligence], however today Pot is moving at warp speed. For example, in 2018, there were 22 billion devices connected to the Internet. Today, that number is 50 billion and expanding exponentially. By 2030, the connected devices are predicted to be 125 billion—an average of 15 devices in the hands of every consumer.
What are these IoT devices? In terms of the consumer IoT, as differentiated from the Industrial Internet of Things [IIot], these devices will allow residential homeowners to control appliances such as refrigerators, coffeemakers, toasters, blenders, or just about anything found in the typical kitchen. In additions, the devices will control thermostats, LED and Solid-State lights, automatic window shades, smart TVs, surveillance and security cameras, door locks, tablets and computers, digital assistants like Alexa. All of these devices will be connected to each other as well as the IoT, and each one can be remotely controlled by the homeowner’s a smart phone.
Homeowners will have the additional benefit of reducing energy to power their homes by being connected to the IoT because they will be able to optimize their HVAC system to balance cooling and heating where it is needed, from room to room and area to area, depending on where the occupants are located at any point in time.
It will no longer be necessary to run the AC to cool an entire house when parts of it are not in use. Furthermore, when a home is connected to solar power panels, or other forms of renewable energy, the home can alternate between energy sources supplying power to the home. In this small way, homeowners will become part of the overall solution to reducing carbon in our atmosphere.
Because of these benefits, IoT can longer be ignored. It is one of the answers to facing the impact of global warming and climate change. The United States is beginning to fall behind the European Union is taking action to curb our carbon footprints. We need to step up and be counted among those who want a better life for the next generations and for the here and now, or as stated before anyone of us can choose to drop off connected Earth.
Glen Bowen, Copyright 10/2020