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The Societal Impact of the Internet of Things

One of the evolving cyber risks is the Internet of Things or IoT, a network of physical objects embedded with sensory devices and connectivity. IoT devices include home alarm systems, medical devices, cameras, cell phones, vehicles, smart cities, buildings, running shoes, refrigerators, and even ovens. The Societal Impact of the Internet of Things, involving input from industry, regulators, and academics.

Internet

Societal Impact of the IoT The Internet has been seen to be about connecting people and information. We are now going with a level of abstraction beyond that. Am I right? Yeah! unlike the Internet, which is a concrete technical infrastructure whose designs are well documented, the IoT is still primarily a vision and only part reality—individual IoT technologies and systems exist, but there is currently no The Societal Impact of the Internet of Things 2 coherent global IoT. Whatever form it takes, the IoT will mostly be an extension of the Internet.

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 IoT and the Internet

The distinction between the IoT and the Internet are therefore often difficult to maintain, and they raise similar issues and challenges, for example, surrounding privacy and data protection. The IoT introduces new challenges, carrying with it an inherent assumption that information will be shared with things, applications and possibly sectors. This data-sharing assumption might lead to the IoT having even more dramatic impacts on privacy and data protection than other Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs); such as when energy, or when people are tracked, making them part of the IoT. There are less than 10 billion people on the planet, but there could be a trillion sensor devices.

current IoT applications 

While current IoT applications are still very traditional, there is likely to be more radical, emergent, unpredictable, and user-led innovation in the future; just as we have seen with the Internet. Predictions of the impact of the IoT on society often overemphasize technology’s role and assume a causality that is not necessarily present. There is consequently a risk that the study of the IoT will prioritize the technical artifacts (things) and neglect the social aspects of its technical systems and information infrastructures. Not only is technology the product of a specific time and place in history, but technological advancements also influence the society from which they emerge.

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Benefits

IoT devices impact society in a meaningful way. Smart homes and offices can save energy costs by controlling the electricity or temperature when one is away from home or work, and they can offer better security by constant surveillance and taking proactive action in case of a security breach. Smart health devices can improve health care by monitoring patients and remotely administering medication to them, and smart automobiles can request assistance if required or assist in monitoring vehicle speed based on traffic.