Cyber Technology and Internet of Things

Most technological advances in history have unfolded over decades and centuries of incremental steps. This is no longer true as we have entered the era of cyber technology and the Internet of Things. Progress now happens so fast that societies, nations, and institutions struggle to keep up with technological advances.

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Moore’s Law

Gordon Earle Moore is an American businessman, co-founder and chairman emeritus of Intel Corporation, and the author of Moore’s law which states that computing power is likely to grow exponentially every two years.

That law proved to be true until now. Computers are now so small and powerful that we can find them embedded into phones, watches, cars, home appliances, weapons systems, unmanned aircraft, and the human body itself. This network of nodes across a vast field of elements is what defines cyberspace. Cyberspace is a parallel but distinct reality that will help humanity achieve incredible feats, both good and bad.

Instantaneous communication has changed our everyday lives and our industries forever. Reading, shopping, education, friendship, industrial and scientific research, political campaign, finance, government record keeping, surveillance, military strategy – are filtered through the computing realm.

All of this poses substantial societal challenges since a framework of laws and rules needs to be defined to help regulate this new interconnectedness. Meanwhile, ill-willed hackers take security threats and cyber-terrorism to new levels. A non-tangible enemy has the potential to paralyze entire states and nations by compromising essential computing systems that control vital aspects such as power grids, air traffic control, water systems, banking systems and much more.

But no matter how dangerous these non-regulated technologies are, they are penetrating our lives at high speed, because the Internet of Things or shall I say the Internet of Everything does have its convenient sides.

Picture this:
You enter your development after a long day, and your GPS lets a central computing unit in your house know that you are 5 minutes away. At the same time, your car transmits detailed records of driving history so that a computer program can keep track of your professional miles for your taxes. You come home, and all the lights are on, the AC is set to your favorite temperature, and two cups of fresh coffee have just been brewed. Your smart fridge recognized that you had a guest in your car whose profile says she’s vegan, which is why a drone is already on its way to deliver you yummy vegan pizza and ice cream – it should arrive within minutes…

If this sounds futuristic to you, you should know that this is already, to some extent, possible today.

Whether you like it or not, the future is now, and one of the pitfalls of every business is missing the opportunity to redefine itself and adopt latest technologies in their industry. For instance, even though Kodak invented digital photography, the company had to file for bankruptcy protection in January 2012, because it didn’t believe in its innovation.

I challenge you to think about your industry. What are some of the trends that you could be an early adopter of? What is long due? Do you still run a business without a website (although websites certainly do not count as the latest innovation in technology!)? Would a web application that connects all the dots in your business make your life a lot easier? Are you ready to make a move and get your smartphone app for your business? Do you want Amazon’s Alexa to offer a skill to its users that connects your business to the world of digital voice?

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