Tuesday Tech Tip, August 13th Print
Tuesday, 13 August 2013 16:02

What is the purpose of the Internet?

If we think about the Internet trying to organically correct itself, we might consider: for what purpose?  What is the purpose of the Internet and what elements are important to its function.  Primarily, it collects, stores, and disseminates data for a multitude of users.  It stands to reason, serving a human’s informational needs is its raison d’etre.  However, it is also serving the machines and devices we as humans use.

Consider the android application that controls the android toilet. (Yes, for $2300 there is such a thing.)  You can keep yourself Bluetooth connected and hands free of the lid and flusher. If that’s not enough, this thing has built in speakers to play your music.  But for every strange device the internet connects together, there is always the reality check.  Like what would malware on your phone do to this toilet?!? I get it, you are probably not interested in a remote controlled toilet but, you are interested in your kids, right?  Chances are you are taking a multitude of pictures of your grandkids, your nieces and nephews, or your best friends’ set of cuties.  As one of my dear clients points out, you might want to check out what kind of data is being stored on those pictures and what devious minds can do with it.  http://www.youtube.com/embed/N2vARzvWxwY?rel=0

It is becoming more standard to have a built in map application within our cars to download driving instructions for our journey.  Hooking up a steering system to that information has already been successful, and Google’s hands free car has logged enough hours that testing is occurring live on the streets of Nevada.  RC cars can be controlled by phones, and friendly hackers are currently exploiting the computer systems of today’s modern car models, http://www.scmagazine.com/car-hackers-appearance-on-the-today-show-was-important-because-they-were-on-the-today-show/article/305023/

Today we are setting our thermostat, security system, and lights remotely because of that big organism called the Internet.  We can track our pets, check out security cameras, and post our pictures all in one session.  In one night, we can program what we want to watch on television, research who we would like to date, then tunnel into our work computer to get some work done.

It helps to consider what expectations are growing and changing in response to the newest inventions within technology before investing in your business.  Once you consider what people will come to accept, you know how to invest.  Most likely, you will be using some sort of Internet technology to do that investing…and hopefully that Internet organism intends to protect its more valuable asset: you.