The Internet of Things

network-782707_1280I use the app Pocket to capture articles I want to read later. Pocket also sends me a weekly digest with items of potential interest; this week’s edition was solely focused on the Internet of Things (IoT). Is this a generally known concept, or just among the IT crowd? My curiosity and lack of knowledge led me down a rabbit hole of futurist predictions, videos, and myriad articles. That is, after an initial Google search of the term “IoT” returned 86,400,000 results!

Wikipedia defines IoT as “…the internetworking of physical devices, vehicles (also referred to as “connected devices” and “smart devices”), buildings and other items—embedded with electronics, software, sensors, actuators, and network connectivity that enable these objects to collect and exchange data.” For those who barely grasp what happens in the cloud, it’s difficult to fathom the web of connectivity that is no only possible but actually exists now. If you’re interested in learning more, here are a few resources I found interesting:

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