The monster in your fridge: Internet of Things to expand connected life, report says
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1   Tenpoundbass   ignore (6)   2017 Jun 6, 11:54am   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)     quote      

This will be one of those things in 10 years people will say, "What ever happened to the IoT?"

Not because people didn't buy it, because you wont be able to buy shit without it. But because when these bastards put this much R&D on goods that cost 2X more to produce than sell with the hopes of marketing the data collected. They expect to mine data back out of you and your usage. If everyone does what I will most certainly do, which is just not connect it to the WiFi. The following models wont have it. Mark my words.

2   P N Dr Lo R   ignore (1)   2017 Jun 6, 12:05pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)     quote      

The monster in your fridge: Internet of Things to expand connected life, report says

WASHINGTON, D.C.
June 6, 2017 8:04am

• Despite concerns about vulnerabilities, risks and infringements of civil liberties, IoT expansion seems unstoppable
• “Experts argue that people are being lured or pushed into a world they don’t fully understand”

“That thing's alive, sir. I saw it. I shot at it. I hit it, I know it. Nothing happened. It kept coming at me, making a noise like a cat meowing.” – Dialogue from the 1951 movie, “The Thing from Another World.” Now, 66 years after the horror movie shocked the public, there is a new “thing” to worry about: the Internet of Things.

It’s not an outer space vegetable-based monster, but what might be in your brand new stove or refrigerator. And the Internet of Things -- like it or not, want it or not – is surrounding Americans. The Internet of Things (IoT) will continue to spread rapidly between now and 2026 while raising a host of potential challenges, according to canvassing of more than 1,200 experts by the Pew Research Center and Elon University’s Imagining the Internet Center. These experts believe further human and machine connectivity will progress despite events such as the recent WannaCry ransomware disruption and Mirai bot attack – events that highlight serious global vulnerabilities in rapidly evolving technology networks, Pew and Elon say in a new report released Tuesday. The experts also fear that a hyper-connected world poses threats to civil liberties.
“Participants in this canvassing said a variety of forces will propel more connectivity over the next decade that manifests in things like cars, medical devices, public infrastructure and home ‘smart’ systems,” says Lee Rainie, co-author and director of Pew Research Center’s internet, technology and science research. “They argue that humans crave connection; that the IoT will bring advantages that are useful; that people’s desire for convenience will usually prevail over their concerns about risk and these factors will make it difficult – if not impossible – for people to opt out of a highly connected life. “At the same time, a small share of the experts predicted that significant numbers will withdraw to at least some degree from connected life due to possible risks that will arise as the IoT rolls out.” The new report, part of a series on the future of the internet, is based on a nonscientific canvassing of 1,201 respondents conducted from July 1 to Aug. 12, 2016. Participants were asked the following question: As billions more everyday objects are connected in the Internet of Things, they are sending and receiving data that enhances local, national and global systems as well as individuals’ lives. But such connectedness also creates exploitable vulnerabilities. As automobiles, medical devices, smart TVs, manufacturing equipment and other tools and infrastructure are networked, is it likely that attacks, hacks or ransomware concerns in the next decade will cause significant numbers of people to decide to disconnect, or will the trend toward greater connectivity of objects and people continue unabated? Some 15 percent of these respondents said significant numbers are likely to disconnect and 85 percent chose the option that most people will move more deeply into connected life. Many participants addressed one or more of the following prompts they were asked to consider: 1) What is the most likely kind of physical or human damage that will occur when things are networked? 2) How might governments and technologists respond to make things more secure and safe? 3) Is it possible to network physical objects in such a way that they will generally remain safe for the vast majority most of the time? “We asked this question because powerful voices in the security community have warned about vulnerabilities posed by the spread of the Internet of Things – from heart pacemakers to highways to applications that control homes,” says Janna Anderson, director of Elon University’s Imagining the Internet Center and co-author of this report. “The experts we questioned in this canvassing clearly expect the IoT will continue to spread even as risks proliferate because the promise of the IoT is that lives will be healthier, safer and more convenient. “At the same time, these experts argue that people are being lured or pushed into a world they don’t fully understand, full of hazards that even the IoT’s creators cannot fully mitigate. Most of their concerns are tied to worries over harm from bad actors and over the motivations of the corporate and government bodies that create, operate and regulate rapidly emerging complex networks. Many respondents lack faith in their capacity to perfectly plan, build, update, regulate and maintain these systems in a way that serves the public good as well as their own interests.”

3   anonymous   ignore (null)   2017 Jun 6, 2:43pm   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)     quote      

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/There_Will_Come_Soft_Rains_(short_story)

The story begins by introducing the reader to a computer-controlled house that cooks, cleans, and takes care of virtually every need that a well-to-do United States family could be assumed to have. The reader enters the text on the morning of April 28, 1985 (changed to August 4, 2026 in later printings), and follows the house through some of the daily tasks that it performs as it prepares its inhabitants for a day of work. At first, it is not apparent that anything is out of the ordinary, but eventually it becomes clear that the residents of the house are not present, and that the house is empty. While no direct explanation of the nonexistence of the family is produced, the silhouettes of a man, a woman, two children, and their play ball are described as having been burnt into one side of the house, implying that they were all incinerated by the thermal flash of a nuclear weapon.

The house is described as standing amidst the ruins of a city; the leveled urban area is described briefly as emitting a "radioactive glow". The house is the only thing left standing, and continues to perform its duties, unaware that the family is gone. At one point, further insight into the demise of the family is given when a tape recorder within the house recites a poem by Sara Teasdale called "There Will Come Soft Rains". The poem describes how the Earth's other living things, and implicitly nature as a whole, are unaffected by an event of human extinction that has occurred as the result of an unnamed disaster.

At ten o'clock p.m., a gust of wind blows a tree branch through the kitchen window, spilling cleaning solvent on the stove and causing a fire to break out. The house warns the family to get out of the building and tries shutting doors to limit the spread. The house also attempts to fight the fire, but its water reservoirs have been depleted after numerous days of cooking and cleaning without replenishment. The building is ravaged by the blaze and is almost completely destroyed except for one surviving wall, the same wall with the shadows of the family burnt into it, which continues to give the time and date the following morning.

4   P N Dr Lo R   ignore (1)   2017 Jun 6, 3:47pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)     quote      

Herb says

The story begins by introducing the reader to a computer-controlled house that cooks, cleans, and takes care of virtually every need

5   Booger   ignore (0)   2017 Jun 6, 6:08pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)     quote      

No fucking way would I ever have an appliance, or HVAC equipment connected to the internet, ever.


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