Mind over…computer. Or vice-versa?

Lately, i`ve been quite attracted by a concept which has been gaining a lot of attention the past year. It`s called the Internet of Things (IoT) and i`m sure that many of you didn`t miss it if you`re into online, new media, cyberspace, web platforms and so on. The Internet of Things is mainly about data capturing and communication between devices (computers) via the Internet. So, if in the past we (humans) were the only ones able to control computers, now computers are able to communicate which each other. Enthusiasts say that this sort of communication (based on human`s inability to process a lot of data, decreasing attention spans etc) is helping people track their behavior and facilitate better lives, making everything easier. Just imagine this: if your boss were to change next day`s meeting and set it an hour earlier, your email would automatically signal your alarm clock (which you forgot to set the night before, being so tired from work lately) to turn on an hour earlier, your car engine would be signaled by the alarm to start de-freezing 10 minutes in advance on a cold winter, and your coffee maker would add an extra layer of caffeine to make sure you`re mentally focused early in the morning.
The reason why it`s called the internet of things is because anything can be connected if it`s uniquely identified within the system.
According to Cisco, ever since 2008 the number of devices connected to the Internet exceeded the number of people on Earth. Estimations go as far as predicting that by the end of 2020 there will be around 50 billion devices connected to the Internet. I don`t think you understand this figure: 50 Billion devices. And, of course, we`re not just talking about smartphones and tablets. As stated before, everything can be connected to the huge online network as long as it has sensors identified within the system. For example, cows can turn sick or pregnant and send a message to the farmer to react. The idea of smart and connected devices is appealing, but to a certain degree. Before accepting it as part of our daily lives, we must consider whether these devices will be the ones dictating our lives and not the other way around. People usually seek to escape technology, looking for remote locations where the sound of an Outlook alert is as faint at our childhood`s Tooth Fairy. So, how will we be able to escape technology if we are looking for ways to include it into our lives in such a way that we exclude everything else that is relevant: authentic connection between people and surrounding nature, or just between people for that matter?

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