A very interesting article by Prof. Sidney Perkowitz from Emory University on JSTOR Daily.
From the Article
The internet has altered our lives in important but intangible ways: how we make friends and maintain relationships, absorb news and information, consume entertainment, and more. Now its latest outgrowth, the Internet of Things (IoT), promises to monitor and control the actual physical states of our environment and our bodies. If this new connective web develops as expected, it will change the simple acts of daily life—switching on a light, setting a thermostat, and buying groceries—into something you do by tapping your smartphone. More deeply, it may improve the human lot, or possibly debase it.
As is true for any new technology, we cannot confidently predict all the changes the IoT will induce. But we can find guidance from the early 20th-century novelist E. M. Forster, author of Howards End and A Passage to India, who foresaw the possibility of a similar global web in his remarkable futuristic short story “The Machine Stops” (1909), in which technology supplies everything that humanity needs.
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