2012 — the year of the “Internet of Things”…

I’m not going to say much about the following, just have a read to find out where this technocratic world is heading…

If you’ve got your eye on a new cell phone purchase in 2012, chances are, it will be equipped with a technology called Near Field Communication (NFC).  NFC is technology’s next giant leap forward.

It’s not too risky to say that your cell phone is going to replace your computer and your Internet service.  You’ll know it the moment you activate an NFC-enabled device.  From it will emerge a new generation officially known as the Internet of Things (IoT).

To describe IoT is to understand that every object around us will take on its own digital description and geospatial location – added or edited by anyone.  Know a good burger joint?  Just write it up, give it a geo-location by pointing your camera at it, snap and upload.  That image just became a Thing on the IoT.

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We have improved our possibilities for relating to each other beyond the limits of direct physical relations.  We can go beyond the anthropological limit of 150 people with whom we can keep in direct contact.  The Internet of Things will make it possible for objects to get information about their position in the world, to interact with other objects and to have access to comparative information for data gathered in their vicinity.

With this unbridled power of IoT and Augmented Reality there is a real threat that this new capability could destabilize governments, or worse, governments could usurp the freedoms of people if they tried to own control over it.

Welcome to 2012.  It’s going to be an interesting year ahead. [source]

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