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Tuesday, June 24, 2014


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I am still trying to discover why I need the ioT. My house works just fine now without my refrigerator or any of my other appliances collecting and transmitting data about me. I needn't worry that my present appliances will be infected with malware because, inter alia: they either don't have the hardware and/or software that is capable of being infected with malware and/or they have no way of connecting to any network. Nor do I need my appliance communicating with each other.

You see the reason that I can do without the ioT is that I already have a device that can and does do everything the ioT promises to do and more, a device that has worked well for years to coordinate and communicate among my appliances, compile grocery lists, alert me when I need to shop for something, that is a fairly intelligent shopper for finding value in the market, that knows me intimately; a device that is efficient, convenient, and low cost, yet which does an excellent job of preserving my privacy, and, in over fifty years of operation, has never been hacked, not once. That device is me. So I don't don't need the ioT, and I don't want the ioT, being well provided, as I presently am, with a far superior device.

So, while I am functioning to at least acceptable specs, I shall dispense with the ioT and instead rely on myself, as I have done all these many years. And, when I no longer function to acceptable specs or cease to function altogether, I won't own anything, except perhaps in a beneficial capacity, or engage in any significant commercial activity, so my personal information will, at that point, be pretty worthless.

If manufacturers, government, society, et al. attempt to foist the ioT on me, I shall fight it with every legal means at my disposal, including negotiating contract terms that make the ioT unprofitable or otherwise unacceptable for those providing it and/or the revenues that fund it, and, if that doesn't stop the imposition of the ioT on me, then I shall resist the ioT and those who attempt to foist it upon me by any means necessary to prevent the imposition of the ioT on me.



How does one eat an entire pig? One bite at a time. The same applies to manufacturers' approach to Internet-connected appliances for the home and the ioT. It will happen bit by bit; one product at a time. Forrester said as much last year in this report:

According to a FastCompany article, Home Depot already sells about 600 smart products (e.g., Internet capable) for the home:

So, the ioT is coming. It's already crept into home video-game consoles and automobiles. Manufacturers will just do it -- continue to add Internet connectivity to their products. Like you, I don't need a smart thermostat to learn how I like the temperature in my home. I simply programmed my current thermostat and left it alone. It works just fine.

Other people may want to avoid the expense of wiring with their thermostat. It is at that point when consumers are hooked into the ioT: the wireless transmissions between their thermostat and their home boiler can also be Internet connected. Some consumers won't stop to consider the consequences.

You are wise to have already considered the consequences. I agree with you. The device (e.g., me) that integrates all of my home appliances has never been hacked, has 100 percent up-time, and is reliable re privacy.

I agree with you that the benefits of ioT seem dubious at best. The manufacturers' drive for profits will mean that Internet connectivity will slowly creep into more and more home products. The lure of money from "Big Data" is strong. Rather than do a deal directly with utilities that operate smart meters, Google will probably use Nest to collect that consumption data anyway via several other home appliances.

Hopefully, consumers will act as informed shoppers: weigh the benefits versus the lost privacy, and not buy the products that abuse their privacy. That's what this blog is all about... informing consumers.

Will consumers act as informed shoppers? That remains to be seen. A certain percentage of consumers are "Early Adopters" who will buy ioT appliances anyway for convenience and newness, regardless of the real "costs." A certain percentage of consumers buy products without reading the associated terms and privacy policies. It remains to be seen what the larger percentage of consumers will do. In August 2013, I asked this of consumers:

Are You Walking Blindly In The "Big Data" Revolution?


George Jenkins

To learn more about the ioT, readers may find this article informative:

A Clever Plan To Build a Nationwide Network For The Internet of Things


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