Simply, the internet of things is increased machine-to-machine communication based off cloud technology and networks of data-gathering sensors, being mobile, virtual and instantaneous connectivity (Burrus, D, 2014). It is the essence of a usually trivial object connecting to the internet, inherently obtaining it’s own network (IP) address, becoming uniquely identifiable, as argued by two students of MIT in 1999 (Mitew, T, 2014). This definition and founding begs to question whether all objects that are connected to the internet are known as an internet of things object, or whether within the definition, they are only classed by this term when adding to the internet or whether the information it brings is intelligible. It has stemmed from media convergence and technological shifts prevalent in our technological era – refer to my blog post from BCM112 for further info about convergence. The Internet of Things has now entered the cultural lexicon and is widely debated on a personal, professional and academic level (Lupton, D, 2013).
Another topic that has now entered the cultural lexicon is the quantifiable self, being the movement to implement technology into data acquisition in aspects of a humans daily life in terms of input. The movement developed based around the internet of things, becoming another node, exchanging data not only with other humans, but with objects and material environments (Lupton, D, 2013).
Below I have put together a short Prezi about both topics
TedTalk by Dr. John Barret on The Internet of Things
Lupton, D. (2013) ‘Understanding the human machine’, IEEE Technology and Society Magazine, Vol. 32, (4), pp. 25 – 30. > https://moodle.uowplatform.edu.au/pluginfile.php/439989/mod_resource/content/1/Lupton%2C%20D.%20-%20Understanding%20the%20human%20machine.pdf
Mitew, T, 2014. Do Objects Dream of an Internet of Things, The Fibreculture Journal, issn 1449-1443. Accessed 21/10/2015 > https://moodle.uowplatform.edu.au/pluginfile.php/460481/mod_resource/content/0/Do%20Objects%20Dream%20of%20an%20Internet%20of%20Things.pdf
Burrus, D, 2014. The Internet of Things is Far Bigger Than Anyone Realises, Wired. Online article. Accessed 21/10/2015 > http://www.wired.com/insights/2014/11/the-internet-of-things-bigger/
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