How the Internet of Things is changing the world. About Aleksandra Przegalińska and Jan Huntgeburth – Technologies

Jan Huntgeburth adds however The Internet of Things is associated with three important trends. – First, our articles will be smarter and gather even more information and data from the world than they do today. And even with the help of small devices that we will even carry in our pocket. Another trend is the development of broadband connectivity. We are seeing the increasing use of broadband in solutions such as fourth and fifth generation cellular networks, through which it is possible to transfer data in quantities hitherto unattainable. We know the phenomenon of cloud computing, thanks to which we are able to process more information. You mentioned artificial intelligence, you are an expert in this field, it is obviously a trend related to IoT and data processing – he underlines.

Experts point out that the changes brought about by the Internet of Things may not be noticed with the naked eye in our daily lives. Although they are already present.

There are several examples – as Przegalińska points out, it is implemented in many countries thanks to smartwatches a policy of tracing and isolating people likely to have been infected or to have been in contact with the sick person. This creates a network of extremely important information.

– In Germany we have an app to track the number of coronavirus infections. Every morning, I check the number of infected people on it and compare the data with the official number and find that only one in seven infections is registered in the app. Much of our lives still take place outside of the IoT. There is a lot more potential in digitization, but there is some resistance in terms of privacy. Some people don’t want technology to violate that sphere. I find it fascinating how we can bring it to greater public acceptance and wider application. I think that in healthcare, the appearance of the coronavirus will increase the value of the IoT – emphasizes Jan Huntgeburth.

Another area indicated by experts is the use of various sensors in medicine. – We have portable electronic devices, the so-called portable ones. With my research team, we have worked on several such devices. Indeed, they are able to process the psycho-physiological signals sent by the body, points out Przegalińska.

But not just in medicine, you can see the changes brought about by the Internet of Things. Another example is the use of IoT in factories.

– The IoT is used in the so-called preventive maintenance, thanks to which we know what is happening, where the dangers are, where there is a risk in the operation of a given plant, because we have sensors that process information and allow artificial intelligence models to process the data this device collects and indicate areas that are working well and areas that need improvement. So I think that especially in factories, in these physical facilities, we can see how fast the IoT is changing reality – emphasizes Aleksandra Przegalińska.

Internet of things and security

However, the development of the Internet of Things raises a number of concerns related to the security of devices, which – as experts point out – can be the target of hackers. The devices collect a series of user data, such as financial data or health information.

– Imagine a situation where such information is leaked and sent somewhere without any control – it is very dangerous. But the second thing Jan mentioned is the concerns of users who aren’t used to all of these sensors yet and may not be fully aware of how the data is processed and just they are afraid of being constantly watched and monitored. They are afraid that someone will choose this data, which may not be true, but it is possible. You hear about such cases from time to time. This increases the level of fear – emphasizes Przegalińska.

The response to this type of threat can be data anonymization, but also – as Jan Huntgeburth points out – increased social awareness.

– People sometimes ignore security or privacy restrictions and choose to use a certain technology. I think this is a very interesting question related to innovation and technology. It is sometimes difficult to predict how technology may affect the economy or a given sector, explains Jan Huntgeburth.

Aleksandra Przegalińska adds that social anxiety is linked to flea conspiracy theories.

However, there is a difference between what remains in the virtual realm, where people are often very reckless, and the fact that we have a physical sensor attached to our body. I think it comes with this fear of devices monitoring us, which should be reserved for humans or biological organisms. This is the strangest thing related to this paradox mentioned by Jan – Przegalińska points out.

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