Business Insider recently posted a slide deck about the next big thing: The Internet of Everything. This is basically about how all of our devices will soon be connected to the Internet. You can watch the slide deck here (one scrolling continuous page, easy to read): Internet of Everything: 2014 [Slide Deck].
It makes for an interesting read and I won’t spoil the surprise but there is one thing I will call attention to – the biggest barrier to the Internet of Things is this slide:
In case you can’t read it, the number one disadvantage is Cybersecurity – Threats to physical security.
While it may be great for your toaster to be able to talk to your refrigerator which syncs up to your car, the downside may be that your toaster is sending spam while your refrigerator is hosting malware and simultaneously your car acts as a name server resolver for both.
Where there is potential for great advances in technology there is potential for its abuse. I guess I am in an industry where my skills will continuously be in demand.
Well, at least for the next 10 years or so.