The Internet of Things (IoT) was first mentioned by Kevin Ashton in 1999 and has become a well known term amongst computer scientists, developers and industrial designers. The Internet of Things is a network of physical objects that are embedded with electronics, software, sensors and network connectivity, which enables these objects to collect data and exchange data. In layman’s terms: “Physical things that are connected to the internet”.
It’s important to note that the IoT is not limited to your laptop or mobile phone, but also includes your thermostat, your wasmachine and even your toilet. The idea might be odd that these household items are connected to the internet, but the reality is that some of these products are already available for consumers, like Google Nest, and soon there will be much more that can be connected to the internet.
Of course one might think that this connectivity will result in efficiency and economic benefit, but the real question is, are we ready for this kind of responsibility? It may not sound like a responsibility when your fridge or toilet is connected to the internet, but imagine that a hacker gets control of your fridge and turns off the cooling, or flushes your toilet infinitely. There are even known hacks like stuxnet where nuclear programs where shutdown from the outside.