What’s hidden among the Internet of Things?
Like it or not, our things are starting to talk to one another through wireless connections. And critics believe we may not like the stories they’re spreading about us. (Reuters/Dado Ruvic)
We text with it, download with it, buy with it, sell with it, play with it and work with it. And now, it may be payback time. Today we look at how the Internet of Things may be poised to tell tales about us over the web.
Marshall McLuhan, Philosopher of Communication Theory
That’s an idea that’s long been promised – home gadgets that talk to us, learn our desires and practically become friends, but increasingly, interactive appliances are now keeping you comfortable.
There’s the thermostat that gets to know you. The fridge that makes its own shopping lists. And — in Brazil at least — there are even diapers that will tweet you when the baby is wet.
This is what is called The Internet of Things.
We’re in the early stages yet, but a future where a toothbrush books a dental appointment may be barreling down on us.
Today, we’re asking where all this technology is heading, how we can benefit and what we may lose in the process.
- Robert Platek is the CEO of Sensor Suite, a technology system that lets building owners get real-time alerts about their properties over their smartphones. It’s currently in use in 30 buildings across Toronto. Robert Platek was in Toronto.
- Avner Levin is the Director of the Privacy and Cyber Crime Institute at Ryerson University. He shares his insight on how to protect ourselves and our data from the Internet of Things. Avner Levin was in our Toronto studio.
- Christine Rosen is a fellow at the New America Foundation, a non-partisan think-tank in Washington.