Smart technology (also known as The Internet of Things) is the concept of connecting everyday objects to the internet, so that they can all be interlinked. PCs are now no longer the only devices that can connect to the web – our phones, TVs and cars are now connected too. The last decade has seen smart technology expanding even further with the likes of smart heating, smart security and smart lighting. People are gradually adopting this new technology – in the future it is likely we’ll all heavily invested in it. What will this be like and how will it impact our lives? Here are a few ideas of what the future could look like.
Companies like Control 4 are already giving rise to smart homes. Smart heating, smart lighting and smart security are some of the most popular options – this involves being able to adjust the thermostat, turn off the lights and lock doors remotely. The likes of Alexa have even made it possible to control all of this using our voice. In the future, such technologies in homes could become the norm.
Other companies are looking into Smart City solutions. This involves creating entire cities that react to their surroundings such as traffic lights and speed limits that can react to the environment. This could help to control traffic and save cities energy.
One of the more controversial ideas is chipping, which could one day allow us to digitally track our health and spot diseases and conditions early. Smart watches as available from companies such as HealthWatch are already able to do this to a certain degree, however having chips inside us could make this form of health monitoring even more effective.
New security threats
As our lives start becoming more connected to the internet, it will leave more of our lives open to intrusion from cybercriminals. People have already experienced their smart kettles being hacked – whilst a kettle might not pose much harm, a smart self-driving car or a smart security camera could be used for malicious purposes.
New security advantages
Smart technology may also improve security though. Already, smart home security can allow homeowners to monitor exterior cameras on their phone, as well as having burglar alarms that alert them on their phone – this could allow you to monitor you home when on vacation or at work.
The rise of automation
The interconnecting of smart devices could lead to more automation. Our devices will be able to adjust to the environment themselves – smart fridges may be capable of checking which foods we need and ordering them automatically for us. This could be extremely convenient but could also take away a lot of our responsibility if we’re not careful, allowing artificial intelligence to think for us. Just how much of our lives are we willing to put in the trust of robots?