The Internet of Things, A Double Edged Weapon?

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We are now entering an all digitized world. Technology is becoming more and more integrated into our daily lives. We now have smart phones, tablets, smart cars, smart everything! An addition to the trend now is a smart house where you get to control everything with just one click on your smart phone. All real estate brokers are now promoting the investments in smart homes. However, is this really the smart decision to make? Almost everything in a smart house is connected to the internet, thus “the internet of things.” This internet of things includes smart cameras, security systems, thermostats, smoke alarms, blinds, light bulbs, garage doors and front door locks, voice and video devices like Alexa, Google Home and Facebook devices and all smart cars. Internet connection means its hackable, and therefore can be controlled by unwanted parties and turned against you. Moreover, it adds on to the problem of companies collecting, using and selling your data; and thus your home privacy is invaded by the same companies that promote it. While the internet of things was initially created to facilitate our daily lives, it can rather become the hassle of it.

Here come the questions, is it a smart move to integrate smart technology in our own houses?

Are we ready for the internet of things and the AI that comes along with it?

How can hackers and cybercriminals turn this tech against us?

Is it easier and better for us and safer for the environment, or would it be the doom of humanity?

The questions may sound extra, but don’t underestimate the vulnerability of technology.

 

Shared by: Zeina Helaly
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3 Comments

  1. Alan Levine

    Great questions and love the Sparkle Dog gif- where can I get that app? 😉

    For an interesting experiment with someone who turned their apartment into a completely internet of things home, see “The House That Spied on Me”

    https://gizmodo.com/the-house-that-spied-on-me-1822429852

  2. collector

    I took an internet of things course in my university this semester and you are quiet right about the security issues are one of the major problems that still faces this industry from being scalable. However, I believe that IoT could be of great benefit to us if implemented in the right way, for example: there are applications to healthcare that could help save more lives and improve the quality of medications. That is just a part of Internet of things that will be of benefit. But again, there are still security and privacy issues first that need to be taken care of before proceeding with such a technology.

    `Yahia Hassanein

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