Big Data and the Internet of Things are here to stay. While a boon to some, they’re trouble makers to others.
The Internet of Things tends to make Big Data even bigger – not to mention riskier:
“If we had computers that knew everything there was to know about things—using data they gathered without any help from us—we would be able to track and count everything, and greatly reduce waste, loss and cost,” Kevin Ashton wrote in the RFID Journal back in 1999. Today, the Internet of Things (IoT), with connected devices literally everywhere, is moving us towards this vision of a society in which businesses run with maximum efficiency, resources are used sparingly and wisely, and our every individual need is anticipated and met at the click of a mobile device button. It’s already happening: Internet-connected devices monitor buildings, factories, cities, and crops to conserve energy and other resources, refrigerators can text you grocery lists, and your mobile phone can find the nearest Starbucks for you and order your favorite drink so it’s ready when you arrive.
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