The Internet of Things: Help or Harm?
In 1999, the term “Internet of Things” was coined by MIT employee Kevin Ashton. Following the establishment of this term, wireless sensors connected via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth devices began to appear everywhere around us. With this groundbreaking innovation, endless possibilities to improve life have presented themselves, almost completely dwarfing the internet of people. With programs such as SmartThings, Curie and HomeKit, homeowners can prevent damage to their households, keep a closer eye on their children and more effectively monitor appliances. While the internet of things offers countless benefits, with more data, there are consequentially more issues. Through self-functioning technologies, personal information can be more easily obtained and transferred by hackers, and sensors in doors and windows allow invaders to identify if a house is empty. The internet of things is revolutionary. But is it worth the risk?