As there are many terms to such a large project like Elastos and Cyber Republic, we’ve decided to build a growing glossary of terms that can help the less technically acquainted understand better what the tech means and the impact it could have. This week we’re focusing on Internet of Things.
Term: Internet of Things (IoT)
“The internet of things, or IoT, is a system of interrelated computing devices, mechanical and digital machines, objects, animals or people that are provided with unique identifiers (UIDs) and the ability to transfer data over a network without requiring human-to-human or human-to-computer interaction.”
These days, nearly everything has become a smart device. What is a smart device? Any electronic device that connects to some network that can do stuff autonomously, as in, by itself and without permission. That’s why it’s “smart”.
The Terminator, anyone?
But in all seriousness, a smart device is programmed to perform certain tasks to make human life easier, and as there are more and more smart devices, the vulnerabilities that these smart devices have are based on the company that produced it.
The Internet of things (IoT) is the web of these smart devices, including any computing device that has a unique identifier that can transmit data without manual human control.
IoT is already here, and the question is: how can we secure this ever-expanding network of IoT? How can we trust each smart device that surrounds us, even in public locations and often in our own home? From the possibility of our webcam being controlled by a 3rd party to our cell phones listening to us, to, someday, our rug, even? Our pets? Having a device that can look into our personal lives without our permission and broadcast that information to an unknown person or company…
And you thought I was joking about The Terminator.