Thank god for the Internet – It’s a term I use almost everyday and I’m sure you all do too. Whether you’re laughing at a meme, watching a viral video, cheating in a trivia game or stalking your ex …it’s all done on the internet!
In 2009, Kevin Ashton proposed the term, The Internet of Things, further defined by Julian Bleecker (2006) as “an evolved nascent conceptual framework for understanding how physical objects, once networked and imbued with informatics capabilities, will occupy space and occupy themselves in a worlds in which things were once quite passive”.
Well there you have it kids, we have created ‘things’ that are now going to take over the world….
Connectivity is something we all crave and now objects are becoming connected too. Each object gains a network address making each discrete object uniquely identifiable.
Ted Mitew (2013), Lecturer at Wollongong University, introduced me to the innovative TshirtOS. I was stunned that a t-shirt, something we were everyday could now video our every move, live tweet images, share music and update your Facebook status right from the palm of your hand. That’s right, it’s all run from an app. Cutecircut have taken an everyday object and transformed it to having human capabilities. Who knows, maybe your TshirtOS could have its own blog?
However, what happens when the connectivity comes into our homes and takes over our appliances. Just like the singing and dancing furniture in the animated Beauty and the Beast, appliances in Smart homes are taking on these characteristics. Front doors open with your finger print, fridges that tell you what to buy, cook and eat, even kitchenware is getting the hi-tech treatment. With computers guarding our most valuable possession does this pose security risks?
Security researches at Trustwave Spider labs worked on cracking smart-home devices the old fashioned way: buying the devices and trying to break their architecture apart states Lauren Hockenson in her article Breaking into the smart home of the future. It was frightening to read that many of the smart home appliances has security flaws so large that it only takes basic techniques to break through.
We have become a society that puts a sizeable amount of trust in our devices. This just proves that we need to take a step back from technology and view them from a different perspective. I’m not saying view your fridge as a transformer but view it as something we are beginning to have no control of. As I said before it is telling us what to buy, cook and eat. It seems as if we are letting technology take over our lives…
Bleecker, J 2006, Why things Matter: A manifesto for networked objects’.
Hocksnson, L 2013, Breaking into the smart home of the future, viewed 24/10/13, http://gigaom.com/2013/07/26/breaking-into-the-smart-home-of-the-future/
Mitew, T 2013, DIGC202 The internet of things, Lecture, Unviersity of Wollongong, 22/10/13, http://prezi.com/1lgxfron1kj0/digc202-the-internet-of-things/