The mythical Internet of Things. (No idea who came up with that general term but wish I'd got the domain name as it will be gold in the future.)
This article caught my roving digital eye the other day concerning the disappearing Internet and its impact on the Internet of Things. To summarize, the author is concerned about the erosion of security and privacy as more devices start to connect and interact with each other.
In essence, the Internet -- as we know it now -- will disappear and be replaced by a seamless global community of fridges, cellphones, thermostats, health trackers and cars (to name just a few examples) all shooting the shit with each other and making decisions on our behalf.
Brands are going to be jostling for position to make sure they're not overlooked for the $ in this immense amount of choice and options.
So you're driving home from work. The GPS phones your home thermostat to let it know you'll be 30 minutes so please put the heat on. Meanwhile, your health tracker has already contacted your fridge -- because it knows you last ate six hours ago -- to ask it if there's any cake available (by way of a bar code scanner). The fridge replies no, and phones the local baker to order some more ... but decides you've been eating too much cake recently so therefore also books you a gym membership and contacts an online book store and gets 30% off The Idiot's Guide To Tummy Crunches because it thinks you "may also like that too."
Meanwhile, all this precious personal data is in the cloud somewhere (which is not really a cloud, but on a physical server owned by someone) that may not have the best security protocols.
Because of that, hackers are able to get in there and mess around with your life depending on how they see fit.
And you thought it was hard to remember passwords these days?