Every day, new innovative technology is introduced to us that can teach us great lessons and have a deep impact in our lives. Of all this new technology being produced, the one that has the potential to most impact our daily lives is the Internet of Things (IoT). What is IoT? Simply put: it’s the concept in which nearly everything in our world is connected to the Internet – providing us limitless possibilities in how we can improve our way of life. 

Surprisingly, a large portion of our population is struggling to adapt to this new age of innovative technology. Many people are resisting the transition to an openly-connected world, fearing that they will lose their privacy forever. Others simply refuse the change on the principle that privacy is more valuable than efficiency. The fact is that IoT is happening, and the quicker we accept and embrace the change, the faster we can improve our lives because of it. My encouragement to those resisting new technological changes is to truly imagine what life can be like if we incorporate IoT in our lives and allow this innovative technology to help us in our day-to-day. So, with this technology-based evangelical mission on my heart, here’s a story detailing how technology, when perfected, can take away nearly all of our daily burdens and allow us to enjoy a more stress-free life. Are you ready to see what a day in the life using IoT will be like?

It’s Saturday morning, October 17th, 2022, 9:30 A.M.

And Sarah is still sleeping. She normally doesn’t set an alarm to wake up on Saturdays, but this morning Sarah is going to meet her friend for coffee at 11 A.M. at the Starbucks on the other side of town. Luckily, Sarah’s alarm still went off, and with enough time for her to get ready before the coffee date. Normally one would wonder why their alarm still went off in this situation, but Sarah is used to her technology taking care of her. Look at what happened: Friday afternoon, Sarah put into her calendar that she had a coffee date planned for 11 A.M. with her friend at Starbucks. When Sarah did not set an alarm before she went to bed, her calendar app talked with her navigation app to determine how long it would take to drive to the destination. Additionally, over the past month, Sarah’s phone has been logging the time it takes her to get in the car after her first alarm goes off to determine the average time it takes Sarah to get ready in the morning. All of this information was shared with her alarm app which caused it to set itself at the appropriate time, allowing Sarah to make it to the coffee date right on schedule. This is just an average morning in the life of someone who uses IoT.

Fast-forward to the latter half of the day

Sarah is driving home after enjoying a fun Saturday at the park. On her way home, her navigation app determines that she will soon pass by her favorite grocery store. Without Sarah having to think about it, her technology at home and on her phone communicate together to make a shopping list for Sarah and pings it to her phone. Sarah receives a notification that she is in need of a grocery run and now would be a good time to do it. Look for a moment to see how her technology helped her again: At her house, Sarah’s pantry and refrigerator are outfitted with RFID readers and micro-scales determining which foods she has and how much, determined by weight, of each food she has left. The refrigerator determines that her milk is set to expire in two days, her orange juice is almost empty, she is out of Doritos, and she has four more hotdog buns than she has actual hotdogs. This small list is what Sarah is viewing on her phone as she reroutes to the grocery store. Sarah “accepts” the grocery list and a message is sent to her grocery store letting their machines know her estimated time of arrival.

As Sarah parks and walks in

She sees a grocery cart with her name flashing on the LED screen attached to it. Inside the cart are the exact items from her grocery list. The grocery store’s automated fulfillment machines picked all of the items from Sarah’s list and had them ready to go by the time she arrived. Sarah reviews the items in her cart and decides to add an additional set of sugar cookies because, why not? As she begins to exit, her phone communicates a unique code to the store to confirm that it is indeed Sarah who is taking the groceries, at which point Sarah’s credit card is automatically charged for the items. Sarah packs up her groceries and heads on her merry way, all within five minutes.

That’s how IoT works

Because Sarah chose to embrace this innovative technology, her daily life has become far less stressed, and much more enjoyable. She has less to worry about and more free time to spend with her family. These are the positive effects of IoT that we cannot quantify. This is the moment when technology has an emotional value. When our burdens are placed on cognitive machines, our joys have more room to flourish and our lives become transformed. We shouldn’t fear the loss of privacy.

The beautiful ending to this story is that this change is currently happening. We don't have to wait 10-20 years to see how innovative technology will improve our lives. For example, with the iOS 9 update, meeting notifications now give us a traffic update and recommended time to leave if we want to make our meeting on time. 

This future is here. And, soon enough, the story told above is what our normal lives will look like with the Internet of Things weaved into our day-to-day. The only question now is, "Are you ready to embrace the changes"?

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