It used to be a simple fantasy whereby humans are able to communicate with objects directly, as if they had a mind of their own. With recent introduction of Siri in the Iphone, that fantasy became more than just that. The main factor in making Siri’s implementation successful is its connectivity to the Internet. Information and data are constantly moving back and forth through every nerve of the Internet. Chances are, when humans discover something, the first place to share such information would be through the Internet. These people are basically uploading their brain online and with that the Internet starts forming into some sort of separate intellectual identity. Siri is simply a form the Internet when given a voice.
The notion of “Internet of things” explores the possibility of human-object interaction similar to those shown by Siri. Albeit, not every object would be capable of uttering words but as long as they are connected to the Internet, they would be able to interact with other connected objects and humans. This is something I find very exciting considering the fact that by 2020, estimated 50 billion objects would be connected to the Internet and in turn these objects would be referred to as Smart objects (Mitew 2014). Possibilities could be endless from bath tubs that could prepare you a warm bath as soon as you step into the washroom to a talking house.
Yet, the most important bit to look forward to in year 2020, is the efficiency that can be achieved from the collective interactions of all those objects. Though each of the connected objects would be able to serve its respective purpose interactively, these connected objects would truly be able to blossom when they are able to work coherently amongst one another (Kortuem, Fitton & Sundramoorthy 2009). Take for example, a smart home that is capable to interact with every other smart object that resides within its residences. There would only be a need for the human user to interact with the home on its own and the smart home would be able to ensure all the respective objects required proceeds to take the necessary actions to provide the results as per requested.
I believe a smart home is just a few technological advancements away. However, having a collective and vast amount of smart objects has yet to be determined if it would be a positive step for human population.
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