The best way to pave for disruption, is to be ready for the next technological leap.
IoT, or the Internet of Things, is about extending the power of the Internet, onto processes and environments. With the hyper-connected 5G future incoming, armed with download speeds of 2.5 GB/S (gigabytes per second), information is collected and processed, allowing businesses and consumers to become more connected for better efficiency.
In simpler terms, IoT is the next step towards smart cities, enabled by the development of 5G. Internet-connected devices overtook the human population in 2010, and Bloomberg expects such devices to reach 125 billion by 2030. Intriguing as it may sound, it will take a while for the technology to stabilise, but we should be well prepared to ride the wave.
With big data coming into the fray and connecting decisions based on patterns analysed from a single computing entity, it does seem like Skynet (the fictional superintelligence system from the movie Terminator) is materialising. Networks of physical objects with sensors and actuators connect to software that gather and transmit data continually to fulfil human tasks.
Think coffee places that remember your favourite orders, cars that guide you to your usual spot, or for a more morbid example, a major drop in your pulse prompting an ambulance to rush to you.