Machine knows best
Even within the car M2M will impact. The guys at Freescale inform me that the modern high-end automobile has 6 kilometers of wiring. The logic is that automotive subsystems must migrate to a wireless "wiring harness" to save weight and energy. But the co-existence of inter- and intra-car wireless communications, plus the potential for legal and illegal interventions and malware etc., will produce a security and reliability challenge.
And it must also be considered how IoT applications will roll out. Many may be viable only if they can piggy back of pre-existing wireless communications infrastructure such as WiFi and 3G or LTE. But by their very nature the sheer volume of IP addresses could end up severely degrading human communications prompting the need for dedicated IoT channels. So then we must ask which are the applications that are so economically compelling that they can justify the construction of dedicated wireless infrastructure?
One project that uses M2M already is called Electric Sheep. This is a collaborative abstract artwork in the form of software installed by thousands of people on ordinary PCs and Macs. When these computers "sleep", the Electric
Sheep program allows the computers to communicate with each other to create and transphorm abstract animations.
I described IoT/M2M security as a challenge, but beyond security there is another issue – human trust and feelings.
How will humans feel about a vehicle that applies the brakes autonomously because it knows better than they do the consequences of not doing so? How will humans feel about a refrigerator that orders up food delivered on a repeat order just as they were thinking about a change? How will we feel about a smart grid that will selectively turn off - or turn on - appliances in our houses because it thinks we are sleeping?
The humans won't like it and the machines won't care.
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