What it means to be “smart”

The final blog post for #digc202!


This week we looked at the Internet of Things (IoT) commonly known as increased machine-to-machine communication. (Think the iCloud as a way of connecting and controlling devices but bigger!) Its making machines “smart.”

That being said many people think about creating the next machine, when in actual fact we should be looking at the way that machines gather data, analyses and distributes between other connected machines. This is where the ‘cloud’ comes into play. The IoT’s cant function without a cloud component which analyses and leverages data. ‘The cloud is what enables the apps to go to work for you anytime, anywhere’ states wired.

Safe to say making technology ‘smart’ is a huge shift, whether in the right direction or not (as argued by many) its happening and doesn’t seem to be slowing down. New generations now don’t know a world without technology, this impact alone is enough to change the way that innovative minds are now implementing and conducting problems associated with technology.


11 thoughts on “What it means to be “smart”

  1. At the rate of new technology, I’m unsure I’ll be able to keep up. Though our generation was brought up in a new technological world we are no more advanced as those who are younger than us, as all they know is iPads, iPhones, The Cloud and much more. However, with this new development comes greater risk of danger online, as you referenced in the wired article ‘The cloud is what enables the apps to go to work for you anytime, anywhere’. Which is true but this aspect also allows for people to penetrate it and use the content for their own personal gain. We have seen it happen already with celebrity clouds being hacked to gain private information about them (http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/icloud-celebrity-nude-leak-jennifer-lawrence-kate-upton-man-pleads-guilty-a7334031.html). So my question is, how bad will this get if the technological advancements continue to grow?


  2. It would be incredible to see how the new generation would function without all the devices and connectivity that they have always known. We all know that the only way for the future of technology is the way that we all connect, and this is what the Internet of Things is doing, connecting everything online. The Cloud is what enables all of this to occur, but will it always be suitable for the next developments, and is there enough security for what’s to come? This is an interesting article as it talks about how the Cloud and the Internet of Things intertwine. http://www.infoworld.com/article/3021059/cloud-computing/cloud-and-internet-of-things-are-inseparable.html


  3. Great post and meme! I definitely agree that the introduction on technology for younger generations has shaped the direction of our future. These days it is almost impossible to go anywhere without your phone which could be seen as negative as new problems start to arise. Personally I stay away from services like ‘the cloud’ as I’m very conscious of what I’m ‘saving/sharing’. I definitely think your post helps to educate on the dangers of IoT and the potential impacts that it has when we share too much.
    Can’t wait to read more!


  4. It’s amazing how the introduction of technology impacts us in the way we live and communicate with other people. These days, young children already know how to use ipads and iphones. I guess it is sort of preparing the kids to be able to use technologies in school, but this also means that they will be able to adapt to changing technologies. It’s important to educate children on internet safety and what information should be withheld from the online world. Even the cloud is unsafe! Awesome post.


  5. Building upon the notion of intelligence and the cloud Ambient Intelligence, the sensitive electronic environments that are responsive towards individuals, is likely to see an increased integration into the cloud and the IoT.

    The ambient intelligence may have the capacity to auto-organise and act independently, pursuing their own objectives. This is achieved through the collection of information and content stored throughout networks. Here’s more on it: http://www.forbes.com/sites/sap/2015/11/29/ambient-intelligence-whats-next-for-the-internet-of-things/#70e9f2cfcd0a


  6. You can say the reason why machines are getting “smarter” is due to us being lazy. When many devices are connected with one another it can start collecting data about the habits if their user. For example this user plays music every time he/she is cooking. Technology being smart will then collect that information and use if for later use. So when the user is about to cook a message will pop up saying “would you like to turn on music”? This article talks about how smart machines are catering to our preference. http://edition.cnn.com/2014/03/28/tech/innovation/smart-device-communication/


  7. Current technology evolution is prioritising convenience and integration. All these devices that implement the idea of the IoT want their devices to be easy to use, non-intrusive, and an extension of the human experience. Developers want devices to no longer be just devices. Instead, they want these devices to become tangibly sociable and to be able to adapt and change depending on the situation. A body implant has been created that stores essential passwords. This is a perfect example of the IoT become an extension of the human experience. http://edition.cnn.com/2014/04/08/tech/forget-wearable-tech-embeddable-implants/


  8. The Iot is constantly evolving and humans just have to keep up! You’ve explained this weeks topic really well in a brief manner. I totally agree that new generations don’t know a world without technology and although the older generations probably believe that’s a bad thing, it might not be! The world is going to keep changing everyday and if we don’t keep up then we’ll get left behind! Many people find it very hard to disconnect themselves from their smart devices and literally cannot put them down.

    You ended this post really well, younger generations are definitely going to have different minds, thinking and strategies from us, but the more the world evolves the more humans can be benefit from it. Have a look at this article on how technology is shaping Generation Y – http://magazine.biola.edu/article/10-fall/how-is-technology-shaping-generation-y/


  9. After reading your post, the first thing I thought of was all those films that discuss the topic of AI. iRobot, Ex Machina, Her, even the second Avengers film all explored the topic of AI. What is interesting amongst those 4 films is that they start and end in the same situations. They all start by creating AI in order to make our human lives simpler and easier. And they all make a good case to make us think as an audience, “Hey that would actually be cool”. But then it flips, In all those films, these AI components become too smart for their own good. They become self away and understand that they no longer need to serve under human command. In three of those films, it ends violent and physical. In the other, the AI simply disappears into the deep dark web with all other AIs. All I can take out of it is that AI isn’t probably the smartest idea. I think we should be smart but keeping our technology dumb.


  10. “….making technology ‘smart’ is a huge shift, whether in the right direction or not (as argued by many)……”. For me, IoT is just another two-edged sword in our lives. Despite of this, it is just a matter of the user to decide what level of reliability and security in IoT is required. Well written post!


  11. As you said, the act of ‘making technology smart’ doesn’t seem to be slowing down, and I agree with you. People nowadays are too relying on the technology. Which in my point of view, the technology is improving, yet the self-management skill is going backward. I doubt that live without it, people could have trouble on entertaining, or even spelling.


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