Internet of Things (IoT)

Internet of Things (IoT)

No Place To Hide, No Turning Back

I fear there is an inevitable march towards the dystopian visions we have had as long as we’ve known Science Fiction, and it is The Internet of Things (IoT). IoT will grow at an accelerating pace that we cannot understand and it will covertly saturate our lives without us fully realizing the unintended consequences of these changes. We will adapt and acquiesce to this world in marginal steps that seem relatively harmless to us (look at what has happened with privacy in the Facebook era where we can no longer be forgotten), and in fact, we may accept this as the inevitable advancement and trade-off of our technological society.

IoT will bring more of everything to us but at a cost that we will not fully realize in terms of privacy, surveillance, critical thinking, and most importantly, self-determination. But unfortunately, the Internet (of things) significantly magnifies and accelerates our inherent incivility, violence, selfishness, fear and hate, and we haven’t figured out how to effectively deal with that.

Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked by Adam Alter

We will be so reliant on IoT and its machines, there will be no turning back.


The Disruption of Being Lost


Big Questions

In the emerging Surveillance State, will the default tilt towards guilty until proven innocent?

Is it too late to ask for technology that helps us spend our time well, without manipulating us into maximum screen time?

Will the IoT be the world’s biggest robot?

Should the government regulate the IoT?

  • Who will control the software that powers the next generation of the internet?

Do IoT’s benefits exceed the risks?

Will/should plants/animals become part of the IoT?

Is IoT killing more jobs than it is creating?

Has the Internet spawned an epidemic of cognitive addiction?

Big Picture

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