Since the first weapons were made from raw materials and the ability to manufacture fire was perfected, the unstoppable march of technology has had an undeniable impact on human culture and society. We are surrounded by technological innovation. From your automobile and the gadget you’re reading this on to your television, jet planes, and beyond, technology has transformed our environment and molded our lives into what they are today.
It’s maybe not surprising, then, that one of the first technologies ever invented — shelter — is evolving right before our eyes to take advantage of the numerous technologies accessible. The conventional shelter, whether you live in a house or an apartment, is set to undergo a huge upheaval. What was the cause of that shift? Smartphones, networked devices, and other technological marvels will all contribute to the shaping of the twenty-first century’s “smart existence.”
Is the Smart Home a Thing of the Past?
By 2018, more than 180 million smart home gadgets are estimated to be on the market. In the next three years, the industry is predicted to rise by more than 50%. If the smart home isn’t fully operational yet, it will be before we know it. Much of this can be attributed to the “Internet of Things,” which is a rising trend to connect all devices, not just phones and computers.
But, in the first place, what is the point of having a smart home? Because connected devices outperform traditional options in a number of ways. They provide homeowners and apartment dwellers more control over their houses, improve security, add conveniences and luxuries, and allow them to be more ecologically conscious. Consider connected gadgets as digital butlers or maids who do your work for you instead of you having to do it.
Smart gadgets come in a variety of sizes and shapes, and if recent launches like the Keecker are any indication, these sizes and forms will continue to expand in the future. Even a smart thermostat, such as the Nest model, can learn. The benefits of such a device are self-evident: ideal temperatures with minimal effort and energy. Google, a forerunner in the smart home revolution, appears to agree, having recently purchased Nest for $3.2 billion.
What Does a Smart Home Mean to You? – A Whole New Way of Life
With established, trustworthy companies like Google and Samsung at the forefront of the “smart home” movement, there’s no doubt that technology in the home is here to stay. But what does the new smart home imply about society in general? It’s difficult not to conclude that society is moving away from smart devices and toward smart lives when you consider the rise of smart home technology, the ubiquity of smartphones and other devices, and the growing Internet of Things movement. It’s not difficult to understand why. Apart from that, technologies such as indoor air quality monitors that assist you in keeping the home environment clean and the air fresh and also monitoring the air quality.
A smart life promises to be a more comfortable, stress-free, connected, and possibly more full existence. Of course, the Luddites and traditionalists among us would argue (maybe not without reason) that our over-reliance on technology devices like smartphones has rendered us unable to interact with the real world. We’re immersed in our phones even while we’re in the same room as the people we care about. This may be true to some extent. Finally, there’s no denying that technology is here to stay and will continue to have a major impact on our lives. It will, hopefully, be for the better.Share
About the Author:I am a cybersecurity and IT instructor, cybersecurity analyst, pen-tester, trainer, and speaker. I am an owner of the WyzCo Group Inc. In addition to consulting on security products and services, I also conduct security audits, compliance audits, vulnerability assessments and penetration tests. I also teach Cybersecurity Awareness Training classes. I work as an information technology and cybersecurity instructor for several training and certification organizations. I have worked in corporate, military, government, and workforce development training environments I am a frequent speaker at professional conferences such as the Minnesota Bloggers Conference, Secure360 Security Conference in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, the (ISC)2 World Congress 2016, and the ISSA International Conference 2017, and many local community organizations, including Chambers of Commerce, SCORE, and several school districts. I have been blogging on cybersecurity since 2006 at http://wyzguyscybersecurity.com