Chapter 5

Internet of things (IoT)

Do we really get to have robots at home?

As the internet of things advances, the very notion of a clear dividing line between reality and virtual reality becomes blurred, sometimes in creative ways.1

Geoff Mulgan2

What is it?

The internet of things (IoT) or internet of objects is an umbrella topic for the connection and the connectability of the real world to the internet. Everyday objects in the workplace, at home or in nature will have sensors that can communicate both with one another and with us. ‘The reason sensors are so important is because they provide context.’3 The growth of these IoT devices, which are able to connect with each other, is predicted to expand exponentially over the coming years. ...

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