“The Internet of Things (IoT) is a scenario in which objects, animals or people are provided with unique identifiers and the ability to transfer data over a network without requiring human-to-human or human-to-computer interaction. IoT has evolved from the convergence of wireless technologies, micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) and the Internet.” (TechTarget, 2014)
First of all, the Sense employee that designed this face is evil. No one can tell me that if you walked into your house, late at night and saw that face it wouldn’t freak you out and if that doesn’t just think of the ‘big brother’ possibilities. But I digress objects ranging from watches to cars and even refrigerators are becoming able to communicate without the need for humans. These objects will have a mind of their own knowing when and what to do by communicating with each other. Thus creating a sort of collective ‘Artificial Intelligence’. Sounds great right? Wrong, it is terrifying and let me tell you why.
In 1997 an ‘Artificial Intelligence’ Skynet was activated by the US government and given command over all computerized military hardware and systems. This was done to allow all hardware to be synchronised which would eliminate the chance for human error and guarantee a fast reaction in response to enemy attack. But the A.I gained consciousness when the operators realised this they tried to shut it down but the system registered this as an attack and declared humanity a threat. So it fired nuclear missiles at Russia which in retaliation fired nuclear missiles back. This killed 3 billion people. The survivors were enslaved and forced to build factories that manufactured killing machines that were programmed to eliminate the remaining not enslaved survivors.
So obviously as seen in the example above devices being able to communicate with each other is a terrible thing destined to end with the annihilation of the human race. Another example of why this is a bad idea is this video by Ericsson a Swedish communications tech company. It shows how emotionless and devoid of social interaction a man’s life has become in the near future in which a social network for household appliances has been created. The ending of the clip where he blows off the girl to stay at home with the A.I is quite a statement of the possibilities of life in the future and gives off serious Her vibes.
In conclusion if movies have taught us anything it’s that robots and artificial intelligence are evil. Just take this trailer above for example. A robot named Ultron has broken the ‘strings’ controlling him and now he has created his own robot army and is going to take over the world. This what the world will become we let our toasters become self aware.