Will the “IoT” change us?

On the subject of Internet of Things, I asked myself the following question: Where does “IoT” leave us and how we will develop in the future?

One example, which is very striking today is the smartphone addiction. People go nowhere without their smartphone, a giant part of communication takes place digitally. People everywhere have GPS, therefore they don’t need to navigate with their common sense anymore and can totally rely on their digital support. Trough smartphones, the Internet is almost ubiquitous.

With the IoT and the networking of all things, this dependency now transmits on just about everything that surrounds us. The “network” will be everywhere and accompany us everywhere. Therefor we rely more and more on technical and ubiquitous support what might end up in a irreplaceable technical environment. But what at some point the network should no longer be available. Maybe because there is not enough energy available, war breaks out or a natural disaster occurs. Could we be so dependent at some point that we are completely helpless without the internet (of things)?

Evolution

As a small illustration of this problem, I bring up the pug as an example: The Pug is a dog whose development has been radically changed. Centuries ago, people have domesticated wolves. From a wild animal to a dog that lives among and depends on humans. In the case of the pug domestication was carried so far, that this animal could never survive in the wild. It is no longer used only to humans, it cannot survive without them. And just as well as man made the wolf a salaried animal, the omnipresence of technical devices could do it to with the humans.

A good idea of how such a future might look offers the Disney movie “Wall-E” amusingly. In this film, people are so dependent that their limbs regressed because they float around in a flying deckchairs all day. Human interaction takes place only on built-in screens. All important activities are carried out by robots and many technical devices.

Could we look like this someday? When technology becomes ever more pervasive, and relieves us more and more, could we no longer stand on our own legs at some point in the future?

But all in all my statement should not be to stop the technical progress coming with the Internet of Things. My goal is the make people think about possible limits on how far we should go. In my opinion it is as important to have people thinking about late consequences as it is to have innovative designers promoting the subject.


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