Internet of Things (IoT) is a rapidly growing technology with fantastic abilities. It’s powered through a network of devices connected through the internet, and the devices transfer data back and forth. So much potential stems from IoT, like self driving cars and homes that process through the internet. Many are concerned, however, that IoT is prone to major security threats, and may cause other problems as well. As usual, there are two sides to each story. The following are the arguments for and against IoT.
Communication and Production
Faster and more efficient communication are results of having multiple devices connected to the same network. This quick communication translates into stronger productivity. For example, machines in a factory have sensors that inform each other the specifics of what kind of product they’re making. Without IoT, human interaction would be required to constantly change settings, causing the factory to minimize possible production.
With your personal devices connected to this network as well, you’ll always be able to access your data regardless of your location. Therefore, many new jobs will carry the capability of allowing you to work from anywhere. Common travelers would especially appreciate these opportunities.
As mentioned earlier, the devices communicate efficiently through the network. Consequently, less time and energy is required by the machines, reducing the cost. This helps people’s daily routine as well, as they save money while doing less physical work.
Finally, IoT brings new capabilities that would blow the world away just a few years ago. For instance, if your oven is connected to this network, you’d be able to turn it on from your office and have it preheat as you drive home. Simple abilities like this can evolve into life changing ones like self driving cars. This technology can turn hundreds of possibilities similar to these into reality.
Despite all these wonderful features and possibilities, IoT has a scary side as well that could outweigh the beneficial. The following are the reasons why developers must be careful with the growth of IoT.
Over Reliance on Technology
It’s quite clear that technology has taken over many aspects of our daily life. The more we depend on these devices and abilities, the lazier we become. For example, in just a couple of years, millions of people may never go to the grocery store to pick something up. Instead they’ll just order it from their phone, which simply build upon their idleness. Furthermore, too much dependability on technology can quickly backfire if a certain IoT infrastructure suddenly crashes.
No device or application is completely safe from this possibility, so people should be careful not too overly rely on any technology.
When technology’s power grows, it’s ability to benefit our lives is equal to its capability to destroy it. For example, automobiles have transformed the world, as transportation has never been so easy and accessible before. That same automobile, however, is easily capable of mass murder. Now, with IoT in the future controlling machines like cars, trains, and ovens, imagine the damage a hacker can do! If an ill intentioned hacker gained access to your car, he’d be able to control the car himself, likely resulting in multiple deaths. They’d be able to turn on your oven too high and start a fire, or give false information to a train system to confuse two trains about the distance between them, possibly causing a crash. Clearly, if devices too powerful become connected to IoT, cyber security is gonna have to improve significantly, or dangerous onsequences will ensue.
Rise in Unemployment
As IoT continues to be implemented in a multitude of new machines, job opportunities will decrease. Simple work like cashiers, taxi drivers, and even accountants could become unnecessary with technology taking over. Sure, IoT devices are an easy solution, but society should prioritize human necessities (jobs) over quick benefits for others.
To conclude, internet of things can significantly improve our daily lives, but to what cost? Still, it’s worth noting that cyber security is improving, and new job opportunities may be developed in the future. Therefore, before we continue upgrading this technology, experts must find ways to eliminate the possible risks.