“Internet of Things”
Things, as described in this article, are objects that are able to store and process data. The majority of our everyday devices can be categorized as what Bruce Sterling coined as “spimes” because people have invented a multitude of things that help to create our lives easier and quicker by processing our information and data within a network. From our iPhones to the devices that can drive cars on their own, technology is limitless. One example of things that we only now look at as the data we generate instead of a “thing” is the cloud that was created to store information and data from our Apple devices. It’s a flexible system that intricately organizes information you have by putting it into files and categorizing it by dates and file type. This system fits the Internet of Things because the cloud is defined by what it is connected to, your Apple devices, rather than its internal construction. Even though the “cloud” is a thing we can’t physically touch, it is a thing from the way we access and use it on a daily basis that simplifies our lives. We have become distracted by how much the cloud can, and does do, that we forget that this “thing” is actually a thing. As stated in the article, Kevin Ashton concluded that we should spend more time realizing that “things” in real life are more important that the “ideas” that we have created through technology. Even though it is hard to match these things to real life, the cloud is one step closer to our ability to capture the realness of the world around us on a data based system.