LOOKING FORWARD

LOOKING FORWARD

California is preparing for the future. Specifically, the Bay Area has its eyes set on what is to come in the next few years. Due to the rapid growth in the number of things that are connected to the internet, experts say that there will soon be a time when everything is connected to everything. This has the potential to be the greatest advancement since the industrial revolution and change the way the world works. The general term for this has been the internet of things. This encompasses the idea of such massive connectivity and all of the implications that go with it.

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The examples can range from doctors being able to monitor small computer chips inside pill capsules to see whether or not their patients are taking their medicine to wineries knowing exactly when to pick their grapes based on the sugar content inside.
This revolution would bring on change in all culture and business. People would live longer and healthier lives, always be connected to each other, and have much more information accessible to them. Businesses would be able to make significantly more educated decisions, have precise and less wasteful processes, and have access to new and untouched markets.

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We are already seeing the beginnings of the Internet of Things. Our smartphones are the easiest and most obvious example of that. With them we have the ability to tap into the collective knowledge of the world. We can talk to anyone from almost anywhere by dialing a number. We can also use them to connect with other smart things and control them. We can turn off our lights, manage a thermostat, control a television, and close the garage door. This type of connection has inspired the idea of a next great revolution. The craziest thing about it is, even though it sounds very farfetched, it feels tangible. It’s as if this change has been on the minds of people since sci-fi authors have been in existence and speculating upon the future. Now, though, the stories don’t quite feel like stories anymore. We’ve been looking at a beautiful painting for so long only now, we can see that it was never a painting, but a window. All we have to do now is walk through it.

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