Arizona entrepreneur Jason Hope has hit the internet, writing and guest blogging for various tech outlets about the benefits that the upcoming Internet of Things will give people. Hope believes this next phase of networking evolution may prove to be a revolution in its own right, dwarfing the role even the internet itself played in transforming people daily lives.
A total transformation
Hope foresees up to $6 trillion being spent on development for the new networking technologies that will make up the Internet of Things by 2020. He believes that soon, everything will be permeated by technology. Things that were previously dumb devices, like doors, windows and thermostats, will be fitted with data collection capabilities, automated and even given some degree of autonomous decision making through the use of artificial intelligence.
Jason Hope believes that things that may seem simple, such as central climate control, may be able to yield efficiency savings that dwarf anything previously thought possible. Thermostats that will be able to actively control all doors, windows and heating and cooling appliances will be able to optimize indoor climates. Centrally controlled environments will mean that the climate control system will be able to open and shut doors and windows as it deems necessary. It will be able to let in or block sunlight through the use of electronically controlled photosynthetic shades. All these things may amount to energy efficiency gains of 50% or more, Hope thinks.
Data collection will also become possible in some businesses. The same mechanisms now being used to produce self-driving cars may be able to be used in virtually any activity that requires physical human intervention but not a high degree of skill. Hope sees assembly line and other menial jobs all but disappearing. He believes that such technologies will usher in an era of unprecedented leisure time and freedom from menial work.