The Internet of Things will thrive by 2025 but raise privacy, complexity concerns, experts say

Science of Singularity

May 17, 2014

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The Internet of Things will make substantial inroads into many aspects of everyday life in the next decade, according to predictions by more than 1,600 experts cited in a report (summarized here) about the future of the Internet by the Pew Research Center Internet Project and Elon University’s Imagining the Internet Center.

According to futurist Paul Saffo, managing director of Discern Analytics, most of these devices will be communicating on our behalf — interacting with the physical and virtual worlds more than interacting with us.

“The devices are going to disappear into what we wear and/or carry. For example, the glasses interface will shrink to near-invisibility in conventional glasses. The devices will also become robustly inter-networked. … “The biggest shift is a strong move away from a single do-everything device to multiple devices with overlapping functions and, above all, an inter-relationship with our other devices.”

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The Internet of Things will thrive by 2025 but raise privacy, complexity concerns, experts say