Internet of Things: Just a Rather Very Intelligent System

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The ‘Internet of Things’ innovation was born out of making our lives easier through adding technology to material things; by connecting everything and anything to the internet and extending its purpose. When an object, whether it’s a mirror, your shower, vacuum cleaner or toothbrush, acquires a network connection, it’s traditional definition and use extends its borders of capability exponentially.

What happens when we have incorporated these iot’s into our lives to the point of irreversible dependency? What does it mean when we cannot access our appliances, change the thermostat or use a mirror normally without its additional connectivity, or forget that talking to our microwave doesn’t actually count as a real social interaction. Internet of Things relies solely on an internet connection, so what happens when the WiFi is down, and your alarm won’t go off, and your alarm won’t start off the coffee machine, and so on and so on.

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By adding sentient interfaces to these objects, to allow them to interact with us and each other, it reaches the point where objects have the ability to take over (not in a post-apocalyptic cyber-genre way) and start to produce and share information more than humans could ever be possible. Sure, it will make our lives easier, to the point where we won’t even have to use our brains, and the machine/objects will just do it for us. Our perception of sharing emotional reactions to these interfaces will cloud our perception of human interpretations of these objects and their roles (Mitew 2014).

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Innovation, inventing and creating the revolution of iot’s can only go so far until we do reach the post-apocalyptic cyber-genre level of crazy. By giving objects the capability to aggregate information, to store it and use it. Just see how that turned out for Tony Stark.

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Smart technologies are interconnecting every aspects of our lives through these objects, to the point that it seems ridiculously unnecessary for our shirt to send a message to our washing machine it’s been worn 3 times and needs to be washed. We are equally fascinated and terrified of it, but are forgetting we can simply put our dirty shirt in the hamper ourselves, or that technology won’t remind us or guide us through every single moment of our lives with ease. Until we get a smart computer micro chip into our brains that will tell us how to think as well (bit over the top of, yes. But really when will it ever stop? Humans are lazy by default and curious the second, what won’t we invent to make our lives easier?).

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Mitew, T, 2014. Do Objects Dream of an Internet of Things, The Fibreculture Journal, issn 1449-1443.  https://moodle.uowplatform.edu.au/pluginfile.php/460481/mod_resource/content/0/Do%20Objects%20Dream%20of%20an%20Internet%20of%20Things.pdf

(J.A.R.V.I.S., Ultron and Tony Stark’s Hubris are all properties of Marvel)


6 thoughts on “Internet of Things: Just a Rather Very Intelligent System

  1. Hi Isabel,
    Hi Isobel, nice blog post. It’s interesting that you have a running theme of Tumblr gifs from the same film throughout your post. It definitely adds an extra layer to your post. My favourite comment from your post was ‘post-apocalyptic cyber-genre level of crazy.’ This is where I feel the IoT is going.
    The image linked is in reference to the film Wall-E:

    This image aligns with your point of ‘irreversible dependency.’ I have enjoyed reading your blog posts this semester. I look forward to seeing what you get up to in the future!

  2. “We are equally fascinated and terrified of it”. This got me thinking, most of our reservations about this technology is because it will change the way we live and interact with others. this isn’t necessarily a bad thing but same as any change in the way society functions there will be a lot of debate and drama before it can be accepted. It pretty much comes down to adaptation which our generation is pretty good at.

  3. As always a very amusing blog from you, Isobel! I especially appreciate your masterful use of gifs and pop culture references to keep the posts interesting & relatable. Very interesting analysis of the way technology has become such a huge part of our lives, in quite a frightening and worrying manner at times – definitely something to consider with so many people excited about tech making our lives easier than ever,

  4. This blog was a joy to read and i loved the parallels you drew between the ideas and the role of JARVIS and Tony Stark! It’s really amazing that we are heading into a reality where almost all of our technologies are becoming a homogenised and we don’t need to go as far as just talking to our house, car etc. One part of me cannot wait for this to happen fully and another part of me is dreading the idea that I might be using my muscles even less than i am now in fear of my health. Great work c:

  5. You made a really good point about technology vs. personal interaction. As much as every device in your house being able to talk to you would be fun at first, eventually it could get a little weird. I believe that limiting what we give a ‘brain’ to will be the best idea in for the future.

  6. Hey, nice work this week, the gifs broke up the post nicely.

    I like that you mentioned the potential problems that can arise if the power goes out or the internet connection is lost, it also makes me wonder if this sort of technology would even be viable with a lower quality connection especially in Australia where our average connection speed is relatively slow. There are definitely some infrastructure issues that would have to be dealt with first.

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