Topic D: The Internet of Things
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The Internet of Things is clearly grabbing hold of society today — there’s no questioning that. The question that really needs to be asked is, “what does this mean?” In my opinion, the implications of the IoT for me and society all lead toward streamlining — making everything as efficient and effective as possible. As it talks about in the second article, this can be extremely beneficial. In the case of the 35-W Bridge in Minnesota, the “smart cement” can know communicate with these smart cars and act on the driver’s behalf via the IoT. Technological advances like this clearly have the capability of saving lives. However, there’s a line to be drawn, like the first article mentions. Everyone has agenda, and there are people, perhaps unknown people, behind the IoT, essentially controlling it all. If information is power, then these mysterious people “behind the one-way mirror” hold all the cards. Who’s going to stop them from exercising their own agenda on “non-powerful” citizens through the IoT? If the IoT (at the control of these people) can override our decisions as humans to stop our cars on icy bridges, what’s to stop it from preventing us from getting a certain job or obtaining a loan for our dream house or doing any other beneficial thing for the sake of its controllers’ agendas? Although it’s for our benefit in the case of the Minnesota bridge, we’ve surrendered our autonomy to the IoT. We may think we’ve only partially surrendered it, but where’s the line to be drawn? And who has the authority (or desire) to draw it?

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