How IoT (Internet of Things) is changing our lives?


We’ve been discussing about IoT since the start of this decade, but the understanding of this topic is very important in terms of the effect that it will have in our future. Well, IoT in traditional terms is a network of physical objects, basically everything near you which is collaborated to each other through a very complex mechanism of electronics, software, sensors and network connectivity that come along to eliminate any human-human interaction or computer-human interaction. Come to think of it, as we stand here in the 21st century, the phenomenon of IoT is everywhere around us, but not many of us realize the innate potential it holds. Let’s get down to the nitty gritty first and check what the IoT is actually made up of:

What is IoT

In actual terms, IoT is a mechanism to eliminate a human interference between two non-living services or objects.

For example, have you always been bemused by the fact that you see some Sponsored ads on your Facebook news feed over and over again? And there’s more! You also see the same products being showcased on the top and at the side of your Google results. Imagine yourself browsing through some Football shoes for yourself on an e-commerce website. The next second, your Facebook feed or your Google results or if you’re using an app or a website with paid ads; everything will be pointing towards the collection of shoes that you were just looking at with multiple options. This has been deemed as re-marketing per se, or targeted marketing. Everything from your shopping history to the amount of time you spent on a particular product link to the items that you entered in your cart but chose not to buy; all such parameters and more are recorded and then used to influence your decision as you are browsing through the Internet. Through an integrated mechanism, you become a potential client whose details are saved and are then exploited. The key component of the IoT  (whether wearables or smart home devices)  is not the sensor, but the application. Extracting important data from the piles of information is crucial.

Internet of Things

Internet of Things

Hop On The IoT Revolution Train

But how will IoT bring revolution to the market? Here’s a clue. Human-Human interaction accounts for 70-80% of the world’s official working to date. That means that about 60-70% of your salary is actually made of your own muscle power and the rest is attributed to computer-computer interaction. Now, the computer-computer interaction is going to increase, so your salary will now comprise of less muscle power and more computer-computer interaction. Let us seek an example here: If you have a business where you run a cow house and you process their milk for production. Let us assume that your machines are automated enough to extract the cow’s milk. But, you are the one who has to determine when the cow is ready. In IoT, a Biochip linked to the Cow sends a signal to the computer that the cow is ready for milking. Through automated doors and paths, the cow is led to the milking station and the process is carried out. More amazingly, even fodder supply is also controlled by IoT. A Biosensor analyses the cow’s pattern to analyse its hunger level and feeds it accordingly. So, your muscle power is reduced.

IoT is reducing the muscle power of people and the machines are bound to do that work. Not only that, your mental usage will also be affected and your decision making power shall also be reduced. Even though you have the ultimate capacity to control the system, you can’t really feed to cow at any time because of your instincts (A thing that has been happening till date).

Wide Array Of Merits

Mental and physical engagement shall be reduced by the working of IoT. 17 years into the working, IoT has had amazing development and has changed a lot of lives. The application system at many universities automatically generates a status portal when an applicant submits an application, ultimately reducing the work of the application processing department. The testing sites now automatically send scores to preferred universities automatically on time and before the person actually gets to know, the scores are submitted and show ‘Received’ on your status portal.

Ultimately, we’re looking at improved efficiency, accuracy and economic benefit. But, with less human-computer interaction, more companies will focus on developers and software engineers while data interpreters and basic computer engineers might have to face problems. Also, the huge industry of data entry workers, middle men and many other people is bound to face extinction! We are currently witnessing a transformation that will metamorphosis the way we work and live. Let us harness the power of the latest revolutionary technology making the right choice of platforms!



3 Responses
  • Anna
    June 9, 2016

    Very well written, enjoyed reading it!

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