The IoT the World’s Biggest Robot

  • Internet of Things is the name given to the computerization of everything in our lives; Internet based thermostats, light bulbs, cars, etc.
  • “things” have two parts – sensors and actuators. Sensors collect data about us and the environment. Things like thermostats will know who is in the room.
  • Actuators affect the environment. Thermostats will adjust the temperature based on the inputs from sensors.
  • Things will collect and figure out what to do more accurately with less and less human interaction. Schneier calls it a world-sized web (WSW) robot.
  • These robots will increasingly become autonomous. We need government policies to control WSW as like any technology, WSW could be used for both good and bad.

Reference

Bruce Schneier in Forbes.com

 

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