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.
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.