#CyberFLASH: Inside the Internet of Things: The things, and the everything

FEATURE-Internet-of-things-SHUTTERSTOCKBack in ancient history, I saw this guy’s email address – 32AK4#56ZD@compuserve (or something like that), and thought this has got to be the stupidest thing … ever.

No normal person could ever remember that!

After we humanized addresses, some folks hung onto those series of characters/numbers as a badge of superiority or something.

I never realized that it was so machines could talk to machines, not just person to person.

There are two parts of the army: Things and Everything.

Things are (by my classification) machine to machine (M2M), Internet of Things (IoT). Everything is the rest, the stuff that touches and is touched by humans and Internet of Everything (IoE).

Cisco CEO John Chambers says IoT is all about combining things (helping them talk to each other) and business changes. He gives passing acknowledgement to folks.

IoT, according to Chambers, is the 4th phase.

First was simply connectivity … cool!

Second, networked economy (e-commerce) … cooler!

Third was social media, mobility, the cloud (the jury is still out on that one).

Fourth will be IoT; and even before you get plugged in, it’s going to be in the neighborhood of $14 trillion (nice neighborhood).

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