You know when apps became population how everyone wanted to make an app for just about anything? You could get an app to tell you the weather, an app to work on office documents, an app to track your spending and an app to display motivational sayings across your screen every morning to get you ready for the day. Everyone from McDonald’s to your local grocery store was releasing an app to get themselves onto your mobile device. Well, that’s how the Internet of Things will go in the next ten to twenty years.

Right now, there are about 16 billion internet-connected devices on the planet. Original predictions a few years ago put that number much lower and the subsequent projections for 2020 and 2050 were similarly underestimated. Now, the estimate is that by 2025, there will be nearly 50 billion devices or “things” communications via the Internet of Things. So, what are all these devices and how will they trigger the next technological revolution?

The Devices Making Up the Internet of Things
So, what are these devices that are currently using that internet connection to talk to each other and to us? Plus, what devices are coming in the future?

Right now, there are a number of new “things” that have technology inside them that show the way the future is shaping up. From smart light bulbs to cars that drive themselves because of sensors and technology in both the car and the roads. From electronics and appliances to all sorts of smart devices that are rolling off of the assembly line. There are quite a few IOT ready devices already on the market, but what is available now is nothing compared to what is coming.

If experts are predicting 50 billion devices (5-6 for each person on planet Earth) by 2025 then the future is jam-packed with items that will use smart technology. This technology will revolutionize healthcare, change how we get from point A to point B and very likely change the way we work much in the way that computers changed the way that people worked over the past few decades.

This network of sensors will work directly with cloud technology, which will collect and analyze the data that it received and then it will be turned into information and allow smartphones and mobile devices to use that information.

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Advertising has faced disruption on a major scale for years. The old days of spinning text and emboldened logos flashing in our faces are alive only in the work of those who are living ten years in the past. The speed with which things have changed since the onset of the internet is shadowed only by the disparity of the audience at which the advertising must be targeted.

Audiences are harder to reach and harder still to retain.

Harvard Business Review recently showed retention rates in advertising had dropped from about 90 percent in the mid n nineties to less than 25 percent in  2017. The size of the audience has also changed, dropping dramatically in the last thirty years. The 80s saw about 2/3 of the world tuning in to the newest and most popular television show. Today that number is  less than 5 percent.

Likewise we’re finding ways to get past the annoying advertising that we’ve seen bombard us online. About 90 percent of the ads online–according to the experts–are being blocked or are being scrolled past so that people simply are not seeing what we’re trying to sell.

Making our advertising more informational, more readily viewed and something that people want to see is only a part of the problem. The online world, the many different ad blockers and the way in which people now have a better understanding of how to avoid advertising means that advertisers and marketing staff are going to have to work twice as hard to be seen today by an audience which has grown consistently smaller.

 

Now it looks like one of the most unlikely methods/entities to come along in year may be what saves advertising and the advertisers. Blockchain is beginning to restore people’s faith in advertising. How is that possible?

It’s not a question of whether the online advertising model is broken. It’s not even up for argument. It is broken and it’s been broken and regulating content and veracity in an online world is nearly impossible with so many different channels by which to advertise. The question is how to fix it and how to make people trust it again.

Bitmedia.io has begun helping a broad array of blockchain companies to advertise and get their message out to investors. Starting about three years ago, blockchain has also been used to help advertising become more trusted by people in the industry. According to Bitmedia.Io, “The use of an open source distributed ledger (or blockchain) would enable users to confirm the trustworthiness and validity of those people participating, their backgrounds and interactions with others. Fake accounts or suspicious individuals without any background could be easily identified by publishers who could see which accounts are trusted and have numerous interactions with other members of any given blockchain.”

Blockchain is also going to transform the monetization of content as well as other online methods of advertising.  Online advertising is very vulnerable to unfair manipulation. Blockchain technology can offer  an  open source distributed ledger, vendors can engage with publishers directly and place content that viewers can see is legitimate. It can be seen to be from a trustworthy source rather than being unverified and  artifice that was designed to see as opposed to being real testimonials or customer provided content.

For the industry to begin to trust online advertising it must embrace blockchain and allow it to work for them.

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By 2050, just about everything that you use now in your daily life will have some kind of place in the Internet of Things. Right now, devices are already sharing information and more and more products are hitting the market that will join the soon-to-be-crowded landscape. But how secure is the connection between these devices now, and is it likely to get better or worse in the future? The truth is, some experts are calling the coming IOT as a ticking security time bomb.

Why There Are Security Problems

Recently, one of the national mornings ran a story about a group of test hackers that were able to hack into the network and take control of someone’s car. This is a major security breach and it is just what experts are concerned. Although the security vulnerability team were only able to take control of one particular make and model, the technology exists on other cars as well, and even with the security patch that the car manufacturer, experts are still concerned, because even as security gets tighter, hackers get better.

Whats The Security Future Look Like?

According to some in the security industry, the network security outlook for the IOT is grim. Right now, technology is advancing so fast that security companies can’t keep up. Right now, it isn’t a huge concern, but just the car manufacture who allowed a security vulnerability to let hackers take control of the vehicles remotely, security will becoming essential once the IOT becomes a part of our daily lives. Unless companies manufacturing these smart “things” considers security a high priority, it probably won’t be examined closely until there are a couple of major breaches.

One of the problems is that the companies that are starting to manufacture smart devices simply don’t have the infrastructure in place to handle serious security concerns. They have tiny IT departments that aren’t qualified to maintain the high level of security protection these devices require.

However, there is also the problem of companies not yet even knowing what sort of security concerns there will be with the future IOT and what the security requirements are going to be, not to mention the technology which isn’t yet refined enough to provide that security. So, right now security is a real concern when it comes to the Internet of Things and right now, the future of that security is pretty nebulous.

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It used to be that the only electronics that were networked together and able to communicate were computers – and they only were able to connect with each other over a wired connection. But now, not only do we have wireless internet everywhere, we also have the Internet of Things – the network of devices that make up our world, sharing information, gathering data and learning from us so that they can serve us better. But what will this network look like in 50 years? Where exactly is the Internet of Things going?

The Internet in 50 Years
In 50 years, some experts think that the internet itself is going to be completely different than what we are used to. In the future, there will be internet much farther advanced than our current technology and it will literally be everywhere. Rather than finding “hotspots” with internet, people will very likely have a unique login of some kind that is the same across all of their devices to access the wide array of internet spanning the globe. You’ll probably have to pay every month for access, but maybe not. After all, you can find Wi-Fi that is free to use in my places even right now.

The Communication in 50 Years
Most people don’t have any idea just how fast the internet will be in 50 years. Right now, data centers or “nodes” that provide internet service communicate with each other at lightning speeds at least 10 times faster than the average home download speed. That will change. In 50 years, we’ll be connecting to each other at speeds that will probably be 100X faster than what currently passes for internet speed at these data centers, and rather than having home internet and Wi-Fi speeds that are optimized for download, both the upload and the download will be mega-fast. Fast enough that you could stream or upload a huge HD movie in seconds.

The Network of “Things” in 50 Years
Finally, the Internet of Things will literally be everywhere. From the clothing that we wear to the appliances, electronics and furniture in our homes, everything will be connected to the internet, gathering data, learning how to improve and sharing information with each other. When you sit down on your couch, your entertainment system will come on. When you get sick or injured, your clothing will not only have your medical information – they will also be able to call 911. Everything will be networked and it truly will be an Internet of Things.

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Are you concerned about the vegetables and fruits you buy in the grocery store? Perhaps it is time you grow your own veggies and fruits in the comfort of your own kitchen counter, without the mess. There are multiple smart gardening systems that allow growing your fresh fruits, herbs, and vegetables is easy and even fun. Even if you don’t have the time to tend to your crops, then you need an automatic garden. How Smart Gardens Work The Smart Garden System is known as the easiest solution for indoor gardening. Its noise is even way less than the noise given off by hydroponic garden systems. Just fill the water tank and plug it in. The Smart Garden 9 system then takes over. The Smart Soil is the main component of Smart

How Smart Gardens Work The Smart Garden System is known as the easiest solution for indoor gardening. Its noise is even way less than the noise given off by hydroponic garden systems. Just fill the water tank and plug it in. The Smart Garden 9 system then takes over. The Smart Soil is the main component of Smart Garden. This nanotech material is 100% safe. It supplies the plant with sufficient amount of nutrients, oxygen, and water.

This nanotech material is 100% safe. It supplies the plant with sufficient amount of nutrients, oxygen, and water. It is not like your normal garden soil. It is made of a material that breathes with your plants. It disperses the air and distributes the water mixture evenly, according to the needs of the plants. Smart Soil is biodegradable since it is made of all-natural ingredients. Smart Gardening is not aeroponic or hydroponic. It is run by a unique technology that enables you to grow your own food without using harmful substances such as herbicides and pesticides.

With the help of Smart Gardens, you and your family can be sure to start eating healthier. Imagine gaining ready access to organic food right in front of you, each time you go to the kitchen. If you expose your kids to this kind of eating, they will never resort to grocery bought produce anymore. Smart Gardening has Click & Grow technology that lowers the level of moisture in the in the plant’s root zone in a controlled way. By doing so, it makes use of water stress to increase antioxidants by about 600% in the plants. It is a safe, clean, and healthy way to maximize the nutrient value of crops. Rosmarinic acid, vitamin C, and vitamin A are few of the antioxidants found in plants. They have been known to fight altitude sickness, cancer, and coronary heart diseases Add more life

By doing so, it makes use of water stress to increase antioxidants by about 600% in the plants. It is a safe, clean, and healthy way to maximize the nutrient value of crops. Rosmarinic acid, vitamin C, and vitamin A are few of the antioxidants found in plants. They have been known to fight altitude sickness, cancer, and coronary heart diseases Add more life into your home gardening and into your kitchen with this automated garden. If you want to experience the real essence of healthy eating, then try Smart Gardening

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How IoT May Help to Feed the World.

Mobile Satellite Company Inmarsat has determined that over half of all respondents in the agriculture or farming sector are interested in taking a closer look at the power that IoT can offer in farming. Most are actively interested in embracing that power and state that they will spend significantly more over the course of the next five years to make that happen.

In a study called The Future of IoT in Enterprise-2017, responses from 100 of the largest agritech companies in the world showed that more than 60 percent of companies that were surveyed had already deployed some measure of IoT solutions and planned on taking advantage of it even more in the coming 5 years.

This is far and away above the use of other companies and their adoption of the IoT technology. Companies that are typically seen as more forward thinking than farming such as Transport, Energy, and Mining are well behind the 62% of agriculture businesses who have engaged in IoT. In addition, 27% more of the surveyed agriculture companies say they will be heavily invested in the next six months.

According to Ayan Jobse-Alkemade of Inmarsat Enterprise’s Agriculture Sector, said: “With the planet estimated to reach a population of 10 billion people by 2050, humanity will face challenges with sustainable water sources, food production, and the best use of land to get the maximum yield from crops. Additionally, using the most efficient method to deliver the resources will increasingly feature on the global agenda.”

Farmers are going to have to produce foods more rapidly and more intelligently. The Agri-tech sector can help them to do that.

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Can Smarter Vehicles or Connected Vehicles Save Money and Save Lives?

We all know that we need insurance and we’re all aware that driving without it isn’t legal. Insurance is something we’d rather have and not need, but it can also be quite costly. It’s a requisite prior to engaging in certain activities such as driving. That said, lowering the cost is something everyone wants to do.

According to the latest statistics from the World Health Organization more than 1.25 million people die every year from traffic accidents. Traffic accidents are the leading cause of death in people aged 15-29. They also predict that by 2030, just 13 years in the future, road accidents will surpass multiple health issues and become the 7th leading cause of death for people of all ages.

There are a few things that you can do to lower the cost of insurance as well as—as it turns out—probably keep you a little safer.

The most basic way to ensure that you lower your insurance costs and stay a little safer is to install a dash cam or a black box. That will keep track of everything that happens and it will help your insurance company to determine who is at fault. It comes as no surprise to find that those who have a dash cam typically drive much more carefully because the dash cam is recording the activity. That means that the IoT device you elected to use will also keep you safer.

Share the data with your company. Allowing the data that you have to be uploaded and shared is another way to go that will help with insurance costs according to Datum “We have been advocating data sharing. Given the sheer number of benefits that you can get when you participate in a truly decentralized marketplace for data. One such benefit is – you guessed it – lower insurance premium payments.”

While most black boxes today, OBD scanners and dashcams are not connected these days many can be and networking is becoming more common every day. Once insurance companies have more data about your driving they can optimize your payments and help you to save money and stay safer. Whether you are of the school that likes IoT or is nervous of it, saving money is an IoT bonus we can all get behind.

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Just a year ago today something amazing happened. IoT devices from around the world were used to create the most concise DDoS attack that the United States had ever seen. The attacks  affected sites like Reddit, Spotify, Paypal, Amazon and many others.

 

Stephen Cobb, in an analysis of the event stated that “We have been shown just how vulnerable the internet – which is now an integral part of the critical infrastructure of the US and many other countries – is to disruptive abuse conducted at scale, by persons whose identity is not immediately ascertainable.”

 

It’s a year later. What did we learn and how have we grown since that? The world market is completely dependent upon online events and online transactions. That means it is imperative that we stop attacks and prevent further issues.

 

What Exactly Happened?

 

Anything that can connect to the internet is risky. The attacks of last year  ( October 21) were made possible by millions of internet connected devices that were simply not well used . These attacks were made possible by people who had no real idea how to use their devices or more importantly, how to secure them. Surveillance cameras, home security,  home routers and many other things were used in order to shut down or deny services to sites. The attackers infected many thousands of IoT devices. Using malicious code these devices were formed into a giant botnet and that botnet swamped the servers of the  affected sites.

 

How Could That Happen?

 

Remember in the directions where it tells you to change that default password. It may come as a huge surprise to find that most people don’t. It may also come as a big shock that most people  still don’t a year later and there are no more warnings on packaging than there were prior to the massive DDos a year ago.   What have we taken away from one of the largest attacks on computer systems?  It looks like very little, to be honest.

 

How Can We Defend Against These Attacks?

 

We’ve known that IoT devices could be used for attacks since the beginning of IoT.  Companies advise people to change the passwords. Most don’t. Hackers and malware developers know the default passwords to many of these machines and log into them, using them for their own purposes. You can tell people to change the passwords on their IoT devices, but there isn’t any real way to make them do so.

 

So, a year later, how can we stop this? Realistically, the same way we could always have stopped it. We take better care of our networks, make sure that our passwords are changed periodically and that we don’t share them if we can avoid it.

 

This type of attack is relatively new so there really isn’t a best practice methodology to prevent it, but there are ways to regulate control of your own home or business network.  If you’re in business, make sure that you have a DDoS defense plan and keep it up to date. Practice it regularly, just like a fire drill.

 

There are multiple ways to defend against DDoS attacks. While someone may breach your site at least make it as difficult for them as possible by using every device and resource that you have at your disposal. You may just make it difficult enough that it’s not worth the trouble and they will move on.

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IoT is going to kill jobs.  There’s no way around it and there is no fix for some of it. IoT is going to change the way that we are going to go business and many jobs are simply going to evaporate because of the things that IoT can offer us.

Sound like a sweeping  gloom and doom statement? Really think about it. There’s no doubt that the Internet of Things and AI are going to be one of the biggest challenges in the future.

Just the onset of self-driving cars and trucks brings  the capacity to put millions of people out of work permanently.

The manufacturing sector is reeling. Decades of lower purchasing, higher pricing, poor job growth have nearly killed the beast and as if that were not enough, along comes the IoT with the ability to take over and do many manufacturing jobs better than people can.

Computers are learning to do jobs that require thought and that means that all of the sudden we have many hundreds of thousands of people who simply are not worth a lot in the workforce.

According to Venture investor William Davidow and Harvard review tech writer Michael Malone“We will soon be looking at hordes of citizens of zero economic value.” They continue“Figuring out how to deal with the impacts of this development will be the greatest challenge facing free market economies in this century.”

The duo of cognitive computing and IoT are poised to threaten more than just lower or mid sector jobs, they will, when used together, threaten even some of the most prestigious and upscale jobs because computers will be doing the jobs requiring thought as well as the jobs requiring mechanical skills.

How can we future proof our jobs  with the steady march of AI, IoT and cognitive computing? What’s next for us?

Our next segment examines some of the jobs that will be lost as well as the new opportunities  and newly made jobs that will inevitably crop up in the wake of job loss from AI or/or IoT. The third  article in the series explores how to future proof your job in an IoT era.

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The IoT is one of those amazing bits of technology that will give us a remarkable edge. It will also cut both ways. It is automating many jobs and making them much easier to do and offering very lucrative jobs for those who are in possession of the right skill set.

Still, its unavoidable that IoT is going to kill many jobs. In manufacturing alone the IoT is going to eliminate millions of jobs as they are replaced by what machines can do.

Add to that the fact that IoT and cognitive computing combined are going to threaten many top level and very prestigious positions as our advancing computers learn how to do jobs that require thought as opposed to just mechanical tasks.

Make AI and IoT Work Harder to Your Benefit. The intelligent employee is going to try to find the best way to leverage the changes in AI and the rapidly growing power of IoT.   Thomas Davenport, professor at Babson College recommends that  employees who are concerned about losing their jobs look for ways to use the power of AI and IoT as opposed to allowing it to automate jobs alone.

Tap Into Crowd Power . According to Tripp Braden who recruits for Strategic Performance Partner ” “Most businesses are built on the idea of an ideal worker being like an eagle, strong, self-motivated, and independent worker.”  The typical model is becoming a lot more team powered and companies and individuals need to take advantage of that  in order to  future proof their jobs.

Tamara McCleary agreed with that assessment. “As we head into a new age, we are disrupting the notion of one job being completely distinct from another. IoT is also leading to shifts in collaboration between fields,”  McCleary continued to state that . “It is breaking down barriers between different fields such as big data, security, energy and utilities, smart buildings, and industrial manufacturing. And for many companies, IoT is enabling a transition from product to services. This shift demands more skill versatility from workers.”

Be an Expert in Your Field and Constantly Learn. Its not enough to become an expert, but you must also learn consistently and continue to grow in your chosen career field. If some area of that field is being automated, becoming an expert in the automation and how it can benefit your company is going to future proof your job and keep you ahead of the game.

Build Your Own Brand. Become what is known as a thought leader in your area. Even if you don’t know all that there is to know about Iot or AI, get great professional head shots. Build your brand on LinkedIn and also on social media such as Facebook and Twitter. If you’re visible only on LinkedIn,  with  just 184 million users and you are conspicuously absent on Facebook (1.5 billion users) then you’re not doing as much as you could be to build that brand and surpass the other thought leaders in your arena.

Make Smart Choices. Whatever business you are in, make smart choices and decisions that will future proof your job.  Gather as much data as you can and use it to make better business decisions that will show you up as a leader in thought and in action.

Be Creative and Be Forward Thinking. What works today in IoT and your job isn’t going to work tomorrow. Be willing to adapt in order to overcome obstacles and problems in your job. In order to future proof your position, you’re going to have to be willing to change as rapidly and as dramatically as IoT is changing.

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