The Internet of things and The Not so Smart Home

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…

References:

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/

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About Nicola Salter

Nicola. 21. UOW Graduate
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7 Responses to The Internet of things and The Not so Smart Home

  1. sineadryan13 says:

    I agree with you completely we are definitely letting technology is take over our lives, But not in the way that most people think we are. I’m not talking about the majority of the population not being able to put down their mobile phones for two seconds or feeling lost without Internet connectivity, But looking at the bigger picture technology is slowly but surely taking control over the basic appliances that we have in our homes such as our fridges, our TV’s, we wont even have to be in our cars to park them soon- http://www.extremetech.com/extreme/168194-fords-amazing-new-tech-park-your-car-from-outside-the-car and who knows maybe one day our rooms will clean themselves (not that, that would be a bad thing). Although with all these great innovations, as you mentioned, comes the security risks such as hacking and people being able to know every single little detail about your life and also that fact that sometimes technology fails. I guess it is just a waiting game now as we wont know the consequences of these new technological devices until they actually happen.

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  3. lelefos says:

    I agree it is a little scary to think all of the inanimate objects surrounding you could some day be part of an interconnected and communicating network. However there are certainly a lot of positives to look at as well. This site lists great and really interesting examples of the things that IoS can do! It’s definitely worth having a look at http://postscapes.com/internet-of-things-examples/

  4. jessbain91 says:

    I like how you mention the Beauty and the Beast furniture, I think it is a good way to suggest that perhaps society can be quiet naïve, and not consider consequences of this way of living. While it seems exciting to have a home that communicates to you, it is constantly recording and monitoring your movements and behaviors. I think that the large security flaws you discussed is a good warning, people should be aware of the privacy risk they could be taking.

  5. bparsons104 says:

    The internet of things sounds both amazing because of how technology will progress and terrifying at the fact that technology will have so much power. As you mentioned above, there are security risks that are associated to having everything connected via the internet. This article talks not only about the benefits to the internet of things, but also the security risks that are associated such as how data collected could or should be used by law enforcements or how much information should be considered private, (http://news.nationalgeographic.com.au/news/2013/08/130830-internet-of-things-technology-rfid-chips-smart/).

  6. seb807 says:

    I really do agree with you that our society is allowing internet technology to take over our lives. Take for example the new cars that have been released earlier last year that are able to park themselves! http://www.nrma.com.au/sa/research-centre/self-parking-cars , I believe that it can be a little worrying to this that someday in the future some individuals may see it as beneficial allow computer devises to run parts of their own bodies. It does concern me that we are becoming addicted to allowing technology control our everyday lives.

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