A canvassing of technology experts, builders, and users has found wide agreement that the Internet of Things will make substantial inroads into many aspects of everyday life in the next decade. The expert predictions are chronicled in a report about the future of the Internet by the Pew Research Center Internet Project and Elon University’s Imagining the Internet Center.
Survey respondents expect the Internet of Things to be evident in many places, including:
- Bodies: Many people will wear devices that let them connect to the Internet and will give them feedback on their activities, health and fitness. They will also monitor others (their children or employees, for instance) who are also wearing sensors, or moving in and out of places that have sensors.
- Homes: People will be able to control nearly everything remotely, from how their residences are heated and cooled to how often their gardens are watered. Homes will also have sensors that warn about everything from prowlers to broken water pipes.
- Communities: Embedded devices and smartphone apps will enable more efficient transportation and give readouts on pollution levels. “Smart systems” might deliver electricity and water more efficiently and warn about infrastructure problems.
- Goods and services: Factories and supply chains will have sensors and readers that more precisely track materials to speed up and smooth out the manufacture and distribution of goods.
- Environment: There will be real-time readings from fields, forests, oceans, and cities about pollution levels, soil moisture, and resource extraction that allow for closer monitoring of problems.
This is part of the Pew Research Internet Project’s on-going effort to assess the future of the Internet around the time of the 25th anniversary of the Web.
You can read or download the full report by going to: http://www.pewinternet.org/2014/05/14/internet-of-things/