In the 21st century majority of new ideas are focused around making current tasks more convenient and quicker. The ongoing development of the Internet of things has contributed to this convenient lifestyle by connecting all areas of our day-to-day schedule into wearable electronic devices.
However as the devices we wear to tell us our heart rate, how many steps we have taken and what chores need to be done become smaller and smaller are we conforming to a robotic lifestyle controlled by the internet?
THE CONS OF CONNECTIVITY…
- Firstly there is already a concern that these wearable devices will increase isolation. Individuals are likely to become obsessed with their own personal statistics. “Currently the average person checks their smart phone 150 times per day” which is likely to only intensify.
- Marketers are likely to exploit consumers through the ability to constantly interact! Innovation is endless as marketers can now transform their brands products into services that are constantly available. ON TOP OF THIS patterns can be found from analysing internet big data which means they can tempt you with products that match your prior interest! Your data is valuable to them…
- Loss of jobs or requirement of new training. As the internet takes over and starts doing our previous day-to-day tasks/occupations, those who were previously in charge may be out of work.
- Privacy violations will occur as we willingly submit our personal information into the online world. I think people disregard that the internet holds information forever and as we embed electrical sensors into all areas of our lives data will continue to be collected and exchanged allowing for people to be more easily monitored (even unknowingly!).
The ultimate con that occurs from constantly wanting to increasing connectivity and convenience and that the Internet of things is leading us to is, laziness.
As we introduce devices such as the Melomind that chooses a song based on brain activity and the Smart Belt that loosens and tightens your belt. I really wonder if it will come to a point where we will rely on the internet to complete even the simplest tasks and whether society will turn around and be bored with nothing to do.
What do you think? Are we taking it too far with connectivity? By 2030 will we have enough jobs to fill our day or will they be automatically programmed?
Check out this video to have a listen to an experts thoughts on the IoT takeover! http://www.bloomberg.com/news/videos/b/5eb6b713-313f-4076-889c-ec45dc1766f3