Marshall McLuhan coined the phrase “the medium is the message” in writing about the social impact of technology. While we are watching the content, we miss the transformative impact the medium has on our lives. Just as the simple light bulb forever changed how we live and work, the Internet of Things—embedded in devices from pacemakers to home thermostats—creates a connectedness we could not have imagined just a few years ago. And it makes us simultaneously free and vulnerable.
At its most basic level, the Internet of Things (IoT) is the interconnection of devices and sensors across the Internet – machines talking to other machines about your health, a refrigerator that keeps track of its contents, and a home security system that monitors your comings and goings.
This free flow of information is both exciting and terrifying. (more…)