The internet of things and Conclusion

So guys here we are at last the final week of posting. While just looking at the internet of things (IOT) on paper it seems like a good idea and there have been many videos that show case just how good it would be to have in real life. There’s a great video in the week’s lecture slides by Sony Ericsson. There is also this video that is linked below that shows an analysis of IOT.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sfEbMV295Kk  #digc202

Call me old fashioned but I’m actually against the idea of having everything connected to the internet. I’ve posted a link below to a blog that explains the push for the IOT.

http://blogs.computerworlduk.com/internet-of-things/2012/10/china-why-internet-of-things-awareness-should-be-on-the-due-diligence-agenda-for-corporate-business/index.htm

Now having read that. China is leading the way with regards to bringing the IOT into everyday life, as we already know China has very strict censorship laws and there won’t be anything to stop them building tracking devices and other forms of monitoring into the everyday objects which can then all transmit that data back to a huge database where they could monitor you 24/7. Sounds like 1984 to me. But only a few decades off. Maybe I’m just being paranoid but I’m content to let inanimate objects be objects and to not have my microwave or whatever talking back to me. That’s just my two cents on the topic.

Now I’m going to look at the future and make some predictions, it seems like technology is everywhere these days and there’s not fighting it but two observations I’ve made from this subject and looking at the trends are that with the ability for faster and faster communication and the multiple platforms of social media where we can keep up to date with all the worlds events 24/7 it seems we are becoming more like a hive or colony race much like that of bees. They are in constant communication with other bees and that’s one way I could see the future looking. All you have to do is to look at this video and all of a sudden it won’t seem so strange.

The other is that we seem to be relying on technology to do practically everything for us and in the strife to make life easier, faster and more efficient I think we might actually be losing our humanity and our connection to nature.  I think in the future we could all become some sort of cyborg infused with all the technology of this world such as a chip that could be implanted in our brain when we are still a baby that allows our brain to connect to the internet, our eyes to take photo’s a built in gps so we never need to ask for directions or get lost ever again. A tracking device so we all know were everyone is at all times and many more that might not have even been invented yet. Now nothing like Darth Vader guys but something similar. I don’t expect everyone to agree with me but that’s just my conclusion after looking at all the trends of this subject.

So that’s it then guys, it’s been fun, I learned a ton of new things, but I’m done now and so I’m outa here 🙂

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Smartphone or Tablet???

So this week its Apple vs Android and I’m supposed to take a side on which I’d prefer but what if I told you I prefer neither and actually smartphones as we know them will die out in a few years as the tablet computers are becoming smaller and more powerful. There’s a link to an article that explains smartphones will die out in another 6 years. Check the link below

http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2012-08-02/heres-why-tablets-will-replace-the-smartphone

the main reason for this being is that television is now being made more accessible on these devices and people want a bigger screen than what is available on a smartphone at the moment.

But that’s not for another 6 years or so and I don’t think my old Nokia phone will last that long I’m afraid, so when I finally do get a smartphone, unless Apple have made some major changes in regards to their closed marketplace. I will be going with android. Some of the reasons for this choice include I have found from a help perspective that the community shares more info on how to fix glitches and bugs that appear from time to time. You will be able to research the problem yourself and other consumers will have posted a solution to your problem rather than having to ring up apple customer support and ask them and the answer they give you is not always satisfactory.

Another factor that draws me towards Android is the ability for open creation. Anyone anywhere can create their own app and upload it on the official or the several unofficial marketplaces. This is where the Long tail comes into action, being that there are some strange apps like Ted pointed out in the seminar that allows your fridge to communicate to your phone, while this may not get many downloads, according to Chris Anderson there is real money to be made. Here is a link I found to the top 5 best and worse apps that you can download on your android, it’s an interesting read and the link is below

http://www.androidvideoreview.net/2011/11/10-weirdest-android-apps/

Tweeting a Revolution

This week’s topic was all about the Arab Spring revolutions and the use of social media in those countries to organise them. I think the revolutions in many of the countries were successful because of a number of reasons. The first being that it allowed the individual person aka the node to broadcast to the whole network aka the population, this is a core concept of the subject that we have looked at over and over again. Secondly, the feedback loop was reduced dramatically which means the people can co-ordinate and react faster than ever before and this is a similar effect to that of the Germans in WW2. Thirdly, there was noestablished plan of action. As social media is less than 10 years old there hasn’t been anything like this ever before which means it caught the governments completely off guard which allowed the revolution to gain vital speedand momentum long before the government could co-ordinate a response to shut it down. It’s easy to follow this development by looking first at Tunisia where it all started. The government collapsed within a month and the action they took tostop it was to shut the social media groups down which is obvious that is never going to solve the problem. Next look at Egypt where they had seen what had happened in Tunisia and they decided to take it to the next level by shutting down the countries internet in an attempt to stop the rebels and ultimately it failed as private servers where set up outside their boarders in which they had no control of and as a result that government was also toppled. The following Arabspring uprisings were met with even more drastic action, the killing of its own citizens in an attempt to get the country back in line and as that too can be seen just turns into civil war. The one in Libya has ended but the one in Syria is still continuing with the death toll at around 35,000 and counting. It also threatens to spread into neighbouring Jordan and Turkey. This chain of events when analysed just goes to show that this new form of communication completely caught the governments off guard and that is why it was so successful. Give it another few years or so and most governments in the world will have analysed these uprisings and worked out their own emergency plan if something similar was to ever happen in their country. Hope you enjoyed the little rant I went on then.

Counter Networks.

So
we are back from break and back to the online posting.
I’m in for the final
grind towards the finish only 4 more weeks to go including this one.
This week’s
topics were probably the most fascinating of the subject for me at least.

This week’s lecture and the content it involved just blew my mind.
It was like
opening a door into a whole new field of knowledge that I had no idea existed.
I did find It interesting though in the seminar that only three people myself
included had virus protection software even though Norton is shit like I already
has suspected.
Seems like people just don’t care about virus protection today
or many people who own macs still believe the statement “that macs don’t get
viruses” which is laughable to me.
During the lecture we touched on the program
of stuxnet and its ability to hack into critical infrastructure after doing a
little bit of Google searching I found out that America was responsible for
creating it.
The link to the article that goes into more detail is found below.

http://www.slashgear.com/stuxnet-virus-origin-confirmed-usa-and-isreali-governments-01231244/

The readings this week were focused on the creation wikileaks and famous video ‘collateral
murder’ and the idea that secrets should be available to anyone.
I agree with
the wikileaks cause and think that all governments should have their mistakes
headlined not buried.
This isn’t a new idea or even a recent one.
The ancient Greeks
already thought about it and that is why the Athenian lawmaker Solon decreed it
a crime for any man/group to shrink away from controverse.
How much easier and
simpler the world be if this law was reintroduced but that is most likely never
gonna happen.