The Basics: What is the Internet of Things?

Technology is a force that’s ever present in our lives. Whether it’s garbage disposal, TV, or a microwave, we have come to not only take advantage of it, but rely on it. Perhaps one of the most influential uses of technology is its ability to let us communicate; but now, with communication being so simple, why not allow machines to talk with one another as well? Alexa can turn your lights on or off, and your phone can connect to bluetooth devices. The idea of an interconnected web of machines and technology is something that’s slowly becoming less foreign to us – and it’s incredibly handy. Despite an estimated 26 billion devices already being connected to the Internet of Things, however, not many are aware of what exactly it means, both in a literal sense, and also for the future.

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