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Internet of Things: A Phenomenon

The Internet of Things (IoT) can be referred to as a concept or phenomenon which is widely projected through the digital world. According to a paper written on IoT in discussions of future technology, the definition for the Internet of Things is “a new paradigm that has changed the traditional way of living into a high tech lifestyle.” (Kumar, Tiwari & Zymbler 2019) The Internet of Things paradigm term was ‘originated in 1999 at the MIT Media Lab’ (Mitew 2020). Although the timeline of IoT begins from 1990. The first ever device that was apart of the Internet of things was by John Romkey who used his computer to control his toaster, an everyday kitchen appliance. The first official use for the term ‘Internet of Things’ was first discussed in 1999. (Pardes 2020) The Internet of Things can be recognised in your everyday life such as connected appliances, anything in relation to creating a smart home, high-speed wifi, online tracking services and more.

 In a summary the Internet of Things is practically everything that is connected to the internet in some way or form. IoT is a great representation of future networks and the likes of anonymous resistance, dark fiber and blockchains – which all connect into future networks and expands with the Internet of Things as it can be seen through all these major ideas and theories. An article by WIRED said “​​Everything that’s connected to the internet can be hacked, IoT products are no exception to this unwritten rule.” which is relevant in connection to anonymous resistance and blockchains especially. (Burgess 2018) The Internet of Things has completely overtaken and runs the way we live our lives. 

There are a range of applications, platforms and digital devices that collectively work to produce the Internet of Things. Connected cars are one part of the phenomenon that is constantly growing and can be developed in so many ways. For example, ‘Zubie’ is a company that offers a IoT connected car service. “‘Zubie’ offers real-time GPS fleet tracking while monitoring vehicle health and driver performance” (Thomas 2021).  Zubie could create a future implication in regards to the driver of this connected car. This source discussed that “If a driver is in the habit of braking hard or accelerating rapidly, that information can be used to have them avoid potential accidents and increase fuel efficiency.”  (Thomas 2021) 

Another internet development that strands from the Internet of Things would be the control of a smart house. A smart house, is quite like your regular house although it is completely run by the internet. These days you can add all major appliances, entertainment and features of the home to the internet and can overall be connected through your phone. This could include lights, kettle, television, oven, alarms and even from door locks. An example of a device that connects to Iot and smart houses is ‘Wink’. ‘Wink’ is an application where its users and remotely control and watch over their homes. According to an article on IoT examples a future implication that could occur is that the wireless video feature, the user will be able to monitor their home remotely and be able to check any damage or intruders that could enter, although this industry impact isn’t necessarily a negative. (Thomas 2021) There are so many examples of the Internet of Things due to the large scale that the phenomenon has been made. 

The Internet of Things, as being majorly related to the connection of things and objects via networked connections can include future and current complications. We can relate these complications into the concepts and theories of hackers and blockchains. Hackers are people who are able to access information and data off other people or companies databases without authorised access. As the Internet of Things is such a large database itself you could see how the hackers could negatively affect the networked world. Hackers thrive of IoT as it is extremely built off internet-connected devices. “Thanks to the ubiquity of this interconnected network, devices of all kinds can connect and share data with one another, and this includes devices that have poor security” (Burkhalter 2018).

Reference list

Burgess, M 2018, What is the Internet of Things? WIRED explains, Wired.co.uk, WIRED UK.

Burkhalter, M 2018, Perle Systems, Perle.com.

Kumar, S, Tiwari, P & Zymbler, M 2019, ‘Internet of Things is a revolutionary approach for future technology enhancement: a review’, Journal of Big Data, vol. 6, no. 1.

Mitew, T 2020, The internet of things: from networked objects to anticipatory spaces, http://www.youtube.com, viewed 24 October 2021, <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VCktdyl8Lss&list=PLiPp71qLKusXivO_GPGa-2G1U8E2Q6XVN&index=11&ab_channel=TeodorMitew&gt;.

Pardes, A 2020, What Is the Internet of Things? A WIRED Guide, Wired.

Thomas, M 2021, What Is The Internet of Things? A Complete Guide To IoT. | Built In, builtin.com, viewed 24 October 2021, <https://builtin.com/internet-things/&gt;.

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