The Internet of Things
If you google for the IT Trends 2015, you will inevitably come across the term "Internet of Things" (or in English: "The Internet of Things").
These are mini- or even micro-computers that are built into countless things in everyday life. The computers communicate with each other or send their information to a central point where they are evaluated.
Let's look at three examples:
Everyone knows sensors that measure the temperature in our homes. If this falls below a defined limit value, the heating is switched on. However, this sensor could now pick up the temperature history in the next few hours at a service on the Internet and decide whether the heating is necessary, or the temperature rises in the coming hours anyway or so again. Practical, right?
Another well-known example is smart refrigerators. With a built-in chip, a refrigerator can now find out for itself what is missing - and even automatically provide for replenishment. Either the refrigerator owner is only informed about the missing products or the refrigerator automatically triggers an online order. Depending on the everyday importance of the products, the order will be executed immediately or together with other products as a bulk order. Life would be without the frequent supermarket trips, definitely more convenient.
Also all our cars are increasingly networked - at least the modern models. Your vehicle will also collect data over a period of time, knowing when you usually drive to work in the morning or return home in the evening. Depending on the season, the car will be pleasantly cooled or heated waiting for you. It will also know where you are going based on your habits and time of day. On weekdays, this will be the ride to work. Since the car already knows the route in advance, it can check the traffic situation and suggest the best route as soon as you get in. Maybe your car will show you the shopping list in the future - if your fridge has not already been ordered online. Has something of "Knight Rider", in case you still know the series with the talking car.
The Internet of Things is a development that is already in full swing. On the one hand fascinating and full of new possibilities. On the other hand, it also means another step in the direction of the glass person. Everyone has to decide for themselves how he can or wants to support these ideas.
Algorithms can be adaptive
From the point of view of IT, this development brings with it many exciting topics and challenges. The millions of sensors that collect and relay information create huge amounts of data that must be stored and evaluated. Algorithms will be able to make decisions from these datasets for us humans. And there will be continuous innovation. The algorithms will no longer have just as much logic as their programmer has given them. No, they will develop on their own by reviewing their own decisions and drawing conclusions for the next time - so they are capable of learning like us humans.
Microsoft already provides functionality with its Azure platform in order to receive and evaluate data from such sensors in large quantities.