FutureCurious Times 2017 2017 - Page 16

Article : internet of things continued
This anticipatory world that listens to your online searches , delves into your diary , emails and digital archives and blends it dynamically with where you are , where you ’ re going , what ’ s around you and important to you , to intuit your needs ahead of you even knowing you need it , is soon to be the new norm in our lives .
Google Now has offered glimpses of this for the past few years . Apple recently announced similar software for their phones . Increasingly search engines , apps , appliances , cars , beds , houses , cities , roads and everything around us will wake up and turn from being passive to active and assist in anticipating what you need and when and sharing that information on your behalf and with your permission to others machines , devices , apps and people so that they can orchestrate their world to best suit your needs , timing and requirements .
In this world your cars on-board navigation system knows where you ’ re headed and who you ’ re going to see and when . It is constantly scouring , in real time , the road conditions and traffic flow and rerouting you , all the while keeping those that you are meeting with aware of your arrival time , whilst simultaneously digitally watching and re-working the rest of your day to fit in with your real-time movements .
In this world your curtains open when your feet touch the floor in the morning for the first time . Your bathroom light turns on 34 seconds later , the time it usually takes you to walk from your bedroom to the shower and the kitchen knows you ’ re 16 minutes away from needing that perfect morning heart starter whilst your car is waiting to drive itself to your front door in 32 minutes and drive you to work .
In this world the frail , elderly and sick can maintain a quality of life and live at home longer by being monitored and supported by their home which is guarding them , monitoring their health and well-being , ensuring they are eating and taking their medications on time and seamlessly informing loved ones and carers of any inconsistencies and emergencies .
In today ’ s world this seems impossible , creepy , unnecessary and perhaps an invasion of privacy , but we said the same thing about the internet , banking on-line , mobile phones , social media , radio , television , electricity and every other invention and innovation we have ever had and when the case is proven that this new fandangled technology brings something to our lives we haven ’ t had before , didn ’ t know we needed , but now can ’ t live without , it usually doesn ’ t take us long to move from being skeptics and critics , to believers and eager users .
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In this world the frail , elderly and sick can maintain a quality of life and live at home longer by being monitored and supported by their home which is guarding them , monitoring their health and well-being , ensuring they are eating and taking their medications on time . 16