A conversation of their own

This week in my BCM206 lecture we discussed the concept of the Internet of Things. I’m not going to go into a lot of detail (follow the links for more information) but basically this idea can be explained as the connection of any device or thing to the internet. This can be anything from your clothing to a fridge.

Or doors…

This process can result in our things having the ability to interact with their environment, share information and make relevant decisions. One day perhaps your door will maybe share more information than you!

Thinking about this blogpost got me thinking about one of my all-time favourite short stories; There will come soft rains by Ray Bradbury. If you haven’t read it before,I highly recommend you have a read. It’s super short so you have no excuse not to read it.

Anyway, this story explores the day to day life of a fully automated and connected house after its original human occupants had left. It’s haunting in its description of the household’s mechanical workforce as they continue to go on as normal, trying to anticipate the needs of  humans who are no where to be found.

A little off topic but it makes me wonder; as the internet of things grows, our things will begin to exist in a conversation that is entirely their own.



6 thoughts on “A conversation of their own

  1. I found the comparison of the house in your short story provided to be quite intriguing, it’s interesting how you’ve come to relate this to the concept of the IoT and how ultimately these objects could potentially hold conversations of their own. It’s a scary thought how the need for humans are no where to be found within the short story itself, and how it may become relevant in our personal ordinary lives. What’s your stance on the whole situation and the fear of potentially being replaced by objects?? I’ve come across an article that might give light to viewing this concept through various means: https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/jun/06/internet-of-things-smart-home-smart-city
    Cheers for an interesting interpretation on the IoT concept, very thought provoking!

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    • I don’t know about being “replaced” as you say by objects but instead that they may take on an almost “social” relationship with each other and the world around them that would hold little relevance to us. I can imagine them becoming such a fix in our lives that tasks we consider ordinary no longer are jobs done by human.

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  2. hey mara!
    i don’t know about you, but i found the internet of things a pretty difficult idea to comprehend. i like the way that you related it to the short story, which personifies things. really interesting stance on this weeks lecture topic!

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