More than the threat of a fully autonomous robot going rogue, the idea of human controlled robots being hijacked is of much greater concern to me. Over the next few years, most devices that we interact with will become more and more automated to the point that in ten years, our cars may operate more like robots than like a traditional driven vehicle. Think of a military scenario, where the enemy hijacks the battle field robots and, instead of the old-style strategic bombing back home, hijacks all of our cars and appliances. I'd call that much more likely unless we really come up with better general security methodology.
What are the engineering and design challenges in creating successful IoT devices? These devices are usually small, resource-constrained electronics designed to sense, collect, send, and/or interpret data. Some of the devices need to be smart enough to act upon data in real time, 24/7. Are the design challenges the same as with embedded systems, but with a little developer- and IT-skills added in? What do engineers need to know? Rick Merritt talks with two experts about the tools and best options for designing IoT devices in 2016. Specifically the guests will discuss sensors, security, and lessons from IoT deployments.