With the advent of IoT, ubiquitous computing is set to be the norm to which our normal lives are marching to. All things that are now not connected would find themselves more in place with connectivity features being embedded onto it-- making it a gigantic network of interconnected things. The pros associated with are promising so is the disclaimer which asks us for more secure and seamlessly communicable devices that can speak the same language. Technology in the new world is all set to blend into the fabric of daily human life, making it a silent but omnipresent companion, changing the way we use technology and connected things. This connectivity, however, is marred by some technological and moral implications that needs to be addressed if IoT is to make us sleep better in the comfort of technology rather than forcing us to keep an eye out for possible mishaps.
The following points needs to be heeded for the IoT paradigm to become a helpful ally or a chronic bottleneck.
Security: Think of all the good the IoT offers and these positives invariably beckon the query of security associated with it. With IoT, the minute to the complex part of your life’s details becomes encoded in a digital format. Good things when used to monitor your vital signs or the security of your homes, but it poses the question, what happens if hackers or other non-intended recipients get hold of your data? Then what?
Privacy: Forget being secure for a while, with IoT you wouldn’t even know who would be spying on you and what details of your secret life are being read and analysed by people around you. The concept of privacy would be alien to say the least. More and more companies can spy on you, with the most significant details of your life out there in the open, the possibilities of companies cashing in on the patterns of your life would be hard to evade.
Compatibility: The entire buzz surrounding the mammoth interconnectivity of things and of them conversing with each other would remain a pipe dream if the devices can’t talk a common language. At present all the manufacturers of Internet enabled devices have their own proprietary technologies that they embed into the devices; this can pose a serious implementation risk as different protocols would not talk to each other thus reducing the actual impact of an IoT enabled device.
Intrusion: What happens when privacy becomes not so private? Everything you think, browse and use both out there in the open and in the close confines of your rooms becomes not so confined. This pattern of usage is a great opportunity for companies to target you with things that you never wanted. The messages and targeted advertisements would turn into a digital onslaught that you just can’t outrun.
Spread of malware: Malware have spread havoc and coerced irksome behaviour in our times, stopping us from our work or giving a hard time in the flow of our life. With IoT this effect becomes far more profound as the interconnectivity of devices and thus the spread of malwares through these connected devices becomes more profound.
Data: The most important use of IoT is when data plays the part of the enabler; it should be in a format that can be comprehended by the interconnected devices. The streams of data generated needs to be stored, they need to give out these data when required and needs to be analysed to make sense out of it, and these are very practical and real problems that would accompany IoT.
Employment: The risk posed by IoT on the scale of automation it brings to the employment landscape is challenging. There could be a lot of people who end up losing their jobs, creating an issue of unemployment in the society. This is a problem that accompanies any new technological paradigm shift and it needs to be addressed with proper education.
Yes, granted there are problems with the Internet of Things but the promises it offers are far more promising, besides a few tweaks with security, privacy and making them embedded into the system can go a long way to secure those ginormous amounts of data and to make sense out of it.