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‘Internet of Things’ hits speed bump
May 24th, 2014 by Warren Swil

Connecting billions

of appliances will come

with hidden costs

The web-connected Nest smoke detector was recalled this week because of a defect.

The race towards a future where billions of mundane appliances like milk cartons and alarm clocks are connected to the web recently got a wake up call from an authoritative new study.
Many experts responding to a Pew Research Center survey pointed to unforeseen problems raised by the looming Internet of Things, though the tone is overwhelmingly upbeat.
Among them: loss of privacy and gadgets no one knows how to fix.
As if to underline the problems, the iconic internet-connected Nest home smoke detector was recalled on Wednesday because of a defect. The manufacturer was bought by Google earlier this year.


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‘Internet of things’ poised to take over your life (with video)

AS BILLIONS OF DEVICES CONNECT, PLANET GROWS ‘CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM’
A vast revolution – already under way – that is forecast to change our lives even more dramatically than the Internet with all its people, is called the “Internet of Things.”
As computers the size of postage stamps with connectivity to the web emerge, and cheap sensors proliferate, the number of “things” going online is expected to reach 50 billion within a few years – compared to the mere two billion people expected to be online.
Are you ready for everything you sit on, touch, watch on TV, take from the ’fridge to be broadcast to the entire planet?
This poses huge public policy questions about privacy and data sharing that have not begun to be explored.
It is time to begin the discussion. Here. Now!


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