The speed that the tech world moves at never ceases to amaze me. We've come so far in such a relatively short time span.
In fact, 2008 was the year that Internet-connected devices began to outnumber the human population - and it's a technology that's growing faster than the human population. Studies show that there were 13 billion Internet-connected devices in 2013, and that number is expected to grow to 50 billion by 2020, just 6 short years away.
And to think that this is what we thought the Internet was going to be back in 1995.
Yes, the Internet of Things is real and it's happening. A recent poll from Pew Research asked the following question to 1,606 technology innovators, entrepreneurs and analysts:
“As billions of devices, artifacts and accessories are networked, will the Internet of Things have widespread and beneficial effects on the everyday lives of the public by 2025?”
The overwhelming majority said "yes" and even took it a step further, claiming:
... [T]he Internet of Things will quickly spread to people’s bodies, where they will wear activity and health trackers; to homes, where sensors will monitor for broken water pipes and other problems; and to communities, where electricity and other municipalities will be delivered more efficiently due to “smart systems.”
What do you think? Will the "Internet of Things" be here before we know it? Will you be creating a smart house of your own? Let me know by posting in the comments below.
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