Intent of Things
On their own, things have no intention. Even smart things, these things seem to be in control of our modern lives, they run our contemporary lives. The Intent of Things our computers, tablets and smartphones shrink the globe and allow us to communicate almost instantaneously with anyone, anywhere in the world. These devices on the internet of things link to each other, “talk” to each other and seem to minimize the spaces between the humans who use them, and other devices.The Intent of things
But what is the intent of such smart devices? The Intent of Things, what do they want, if anything? A device has no purpose. In the case of a car, a rather large device, the purpose is to transport us quickly from one place to another. In the case of a television, its purpose is to display sounds and images in a large format. In the case of a smart phone, its purpose is to foster telecommunication with others. But, is the intended purpose the same as an intention? When the creators of new devices set out to build things such as cars, they don’t intend that those cars will be used in the commission of crimes or to kill or injure others. Those behaviors are unintended consequences of misuse.
Future of IoT
With the Internet of Things, or IoT, devices that have traditionally been isolated are now given powers of association. Originally unintended capabilities have been added to our smartphones that make them the control centers for a new generation of interconnected devices. With the Intent of Things suddenly, we can control a wide variety of devices that were previously isolated and local. We can turn on lights from anywhere. We can see and talk to people at our front doors even when no one is home. The interconnectedness of these new devices allows us to create actions involving multiple devices that are triggered by an event in only one location. For example, in my home, I have water sensors in strategic locations that can alert me about potential leaks. If I am not at home to attend to the warning, these devices can signal an automated valve that can shut off the water supply to the entire house. Our refrigerators can now alert us when we are low on milk, and even order some from the store, if connected to the proper devices and services. The Intent of Things rules.
The future of The Intent of Things
Our devices will continue to get smarter and more connected. Soon enough, our toolboxes will monitor the number of screws we’ve used, and let us know if we have enough to complete that new project. Our clothes will warn us if we are dehydrated or over-exerted. The possibilities are limited only by the imaginations of people much smarter than us. The Intent of Things is limitless.
The intention of The Intent of Things and these devices or systems that they control is meant to add some automation to our lives, to become free of menial tasks. The Intent of Things will allow us to monitor and protect our homes, to automatically brew our coffee in the morning. But what are there intentions besides the obvious? Do these devices and systems also hide unintended consequences? Of course, they do. But as with any new technology, if we can be diligent in building safety and security in and around these things, then we can at least hope to limit the potential damage of any misuse. Embrace change, it is here.
The Internet of Things is meant to improve our quality of life. To create extra free time allow us to express our humanity with extra free time to create art, music, explore ourselves and our universe. I hope I’m not the only one that finds the Irony in man creating a machine to express humanity. All via “The Internet of Things”
And as always have e2 help you find your Humanity.
I want to express my thanks to John Peter Ryan, a very dear and old friend. He was a quest writer on this blog. I could not have done it without his knowledge and expertise. His passion for technology, understanding and truth is inspiring.