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11/12/2014 08:45 PM EST
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Re: An overstatement?
Bert22306   11/13/2014 5:10:24 PM
I actually do not think this is an overstatement. It is instead a trend we can see occurring already. Whether all of these sensors truly need to be connected to the Internet is another matter, but that their numbers are growing by leaps and bounds is evident.

One trend that I'm noticing is that much of modern system design is self-monitoring, self-regulating and self-healing, compared to the "adjust and forget" approach of even fairly recent times. Take automobiles as an obvious example. Remember when you had to get frequent tune-ups, and how different the car felt after getting a tune-up? That was because the engine drifted out of optimum tune steadily, between tune-ups. These days, they might change the spark plugs once in a blue moon, but you can hardly tell the difference. That's because the car is constantly monitoring and tuning itself.

Many modern systems do this, including the Internet itself. Industrial systems, ship and aircraft controls, obviously cars, buses, trains, all of these are becoming more self-adjusting, self-maintaining (e.g. filters that automatically back-flush periodically), and self-healing, or if not self-healing, at the very least, self-monitoring.

We've addressed the ongoing changes in the medical field already, in EE Times, where people can take a more active role in self-monitoring at the very least. So I don't think this sensor explosion only applies to mechanical objects.

In homes, there is a lot that can be done in the future. Some systems, like HVAC, have clearly been improving in terms of automation (and consequent sensor use). How far in the future are self-cleaning homes? Self-mowing lawns? To me, these are imminent. More general self-maintenance might be a little further in the future.

So yes, it does look like sensors are showing up in everything, to make all of this possible. Do they all need to be globally accessible (over the Internet)? That's another question. Probabaly not.

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Yes it can
alex_m1   11/13/2014 1:41:36 PM
@Jesssica , with medical error rates(versus best care) in westren countries at maybe 15%, And with the possibility of diagnosing diseases far earlier - when they are much easier to treat, and the possibility of machine learning coupled with all that data to offer even better care than current best care , sure 35% saving is a possibility.

As for the effects on the third world - yes they could be big. In many cases there's a lack of highly trained physicians , so if those  sensors can greatly simplify treatment so a nurse can offer it - it would have huge effects.

 But really the more exiciting sensors are labs-on-chip , which really bring a moore's law like revolution to the world of blood tests, and medicine itself.

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An overstatement?
Jessica Lipsky   11/13/2014 12:55:14 PM
There's a lot of energy and excitement here over a connected world, but do you think such an "abundant" vision is realistic?

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