Building the Internet of Things is not a process that happens overnight, nor is it being built by any single entity. Every device that is capable of connecting to the internet automatically becomes part of the Internet of Things. It’s an ever expanding network that isn’t going to exist, it already exists. This network feeds off data. It requires it in order to function and provide us with the conveniences that we enjoy in our daily lives.
The Internet of Things is one of the latest buzzwords of 2013; however, the concept has actually been around since 1999. Imagine a future where everything contains sensors that are connected to the internet in one way or another, and instead of people recording data, machines do it. That future is already here. In 2008, the number of devices connected to the internet surpassed the number of humans on Earth. By 2020, the number of devices connected to the internet are expected to be in excess of 50 billion.
Companies often face a fundamental challenge when it comes to technology. Evolve and adapt or die. There is no in-between. There is no holding on to old business models. Technology is a cruel and unforgiving mistress that changes at an astounding pace. It has systematically changed entire centuries-old industries such as print and newspaper production. Conventional printed books and newspapers are beginning to become an endangered species, in favour of digital books and online content.
The word hacker often conjures up images of seedy guys in dimly-lit basements, banging away on keyboards and trying to get into government networks. These hackers use their skills for malicious intent and are called crackers. They are individuals who actively break the law to gain unauthorized access into computer networks that they don’t own or control, either to cause destruction or for financial gain. Unfortunately, the word hacker has a negative connotation because of the mainstream media.
Deciding on a career can be a challenging task, especially if you decide that you want to work in the Information Technology (IT) field. Like the medical field, those working in IT need a broad knowledge base, a wide range of skills, and a positive attitude towards work and learning. Of course, like medicine, there are also many career paths in IT. Just as a doctor can be a general practitioner or specialize in a specific area, the same is true in IT; you can be the “expert of everything” for a small business, or specialize in a specific subject area.
Wireless networking is one of the most popular types of technology in the world. It’s in places such as homes, coffee shops, hotels, and airports. It’s one of those technologies that should be great; it should be reliable, secure, easy to use, and fast. But in a lot of cases, it isn’t any of those things. Why is that? There are a few fundamental principles for understanding how wireless frequencies work.
Computer systems have become so integrated into our daily lives that it’s nearly impossible not to use them. Many household devices, such as thermostats, stoves, and washing machines all have embedded computer systems controlling them. With the world around us becoming more and more connected, it’s not hard to imagine a future where all of your devices are always communicating with each other. A future where all your devices form a smart home and everything you need is at your fingertips.
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