From Game of Thrones memes, to sensitive government material, the internet is a big place and full of things. This is the internet of things.
We have created a space with no idea for what it could be used for and allowed people to do with it what they will; internet is an open technology! We’ve filled it with videos, memes and cats. But we’ve also filled it with news, activism and politics. It’s amazing to see the diversity of content we can access on the internet. I feel that there is no clear way to define what the internet holds except by saying it is “the internet of things”.
First coined by the MIT Media Lab, the term “internet of things” has been floating around since 1999. But rather than originally meaning an internet full of diverse content, it actually means physical objects that connect to the internet. Your phone, your computer, your fridge (depending on your fridge).
Here is another example of the internet of things where a company has developed an alarm that links into your wifi and uses it to send alerts to your phone.
With more and more technology relying on an internet connection to function we are vulnerable to becoming unable to carry out simple tasks if our internet connection was to fail. I think this is something that needs to be considered more when technologies are developed for the safety of people. If the connection is lost, so is your safety?