I know many, many people have doubts about how close society is to becoming a global village that consists of every thing and every one being connected electronically. But in all honesty, you have to consider that there are huge amounts of money with the smartest people working with major companies and individuals within government who are forward thinking. So much so that it would make our heads spin.
I can’t tell you how many articles I have read that all say the same thing; we are on a road towards something unstoppable, and there are no brakes.
We can’t simply pull out the plug. We are already too interconnected to do that, it’s not possible to unplug. Although, off the grid would be great, but it’s only a matter of time before you are noticed. We are currently living in a time within some kind of exponential vortex. The faster we go, the faster we go…
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The “Internet of Things” refers to the growing number of everyday objects—from shoes to blood pressure monitors—that are able to connect to the Internet and communicate with each other. Then there’s the “Internet of Everything,” which basically means adding connectivity to—you guessed it—pretty much everything else one desires.
The numbers suggest that neither concept is hyperbolic. In the year 2000, when desktops were still the computer of choice, there were 1 billion devices connected to the Internet worldwide. Then came laptops and all things mobile, and that figure increased tenfold to 10 billion connections by 2010. It’s on track to reach 50 billion units by 2020. There were fewer Internet-connected devices than there were people in 2005, but trend lines suggest there will be 3.5 connected devices per person by 2015 and almost 7 by 2020. At the same time, the number of mobile broadband access points is set to increase to 8 billion by 2019 from 2 billion today, and Swedish communications giant Ericsson predicts that the amount of data sent by the average smartphone will quadruple between now and then.