Wearable technology and other devices, objects and systems connected to the Internet will be fully pervasive in our society by 2025, according to a new report.
The Internet of Things, or IoT, references the many objects in our everyday lives that are connected to the Internet and share data. While the trend already is taking effect through products like wearable fitness technology and smartphone-controlled light bulbs, it will have a much more widespread impact on our lives in a decade’s time, according to the Pew Research Center.
As the IoT grows, however, there may be both major positives and negatives for society and manufacturers.
“The potential on the positive side is that we could be safer with faster identification and response to threats, a better understanding of our environment, and more convenience — with much more technology much more responsive to our needs,” Rob Enderle, principal at theEnderle Group, told TechNewsWorld.
“On the downside, the opportunity for misuse and public embarrassment or damage increases just as much,” he said.
“You’ll effectively be tracked every moment from birth to death, and become far more dependent on technology which could be used against you by a variety of legitimate and illegal entities,” Enderle predicted.
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