Further Researching the IoT

In my previous blog post, I talked about the IoT and my interest in further researching the topic to further understand it. To grasp the ideas of the IoT and answer the questions that I have about it, I will need to build on my knowledge from my first blog post. To recap, in my last post I chose a number of questions that I wanted to explore. These included the following questions:

  • The IoT and it’s place in social and personal environments.
  • Looking into the current technologies on the market that makes the IoT’s a reality.
  • The representations and ideas of these technologies through utopian and dystopian mediums like cinema, television and fiction. – Are we close to this viewpoint? How are these technologies being represented/sold by marketing to us now?
  • Privacy of the IoT and the way in which these sociable objects collect and store data and how it could potentially be used.
  • How are these IoT technologies being currently presented? are there fears, tensions or anxieties towards the technology and their capabilities?

So for this blog post, I will be providing an overview of the sources that I have chosen to help me further answer the questions that I have. I have found some interesting sourced which have helped me enhance my knowledge and gain a better insight into the topic, these are included below.

The first is a podcast called ‘A Conversation about the Internet of Things‘ by Chris Moore and Teodor Mitew, where a there is a conversation about the Amazon Echo, surveillance and technology-induced shifts in the perception of technology. The points being made in this podcast were very engaging and had me thinking differently about the IoT then I did at the beginning of my research. I will be providing an overview of the arguments of this source through dot points in order to make it more easier to read and digest. This source would be helpful in answering most of the questions I have listed above and will be used as a primary source.

  • The most insane concept that I picked up from this blog post was the idea that these types of technologies were constructed to talk to each other and the input of humans isn’t necessary. The devices are seen to be primary and humans secondary. Technology doesn’t necessarily need us, well at least devices connected to the IoT don’t. They develop their own voices and personalities, sometimes based on the people they are around, kind of like a sponge. These IoT technologies want our constant attention and are further emerging in the forefront of our lives.
  • Privacy is another interesting topic discussed in this podcast. People are experiencing a ‘Moral Panic‘ about the way in which these sociable objects collect and store our data and how it could potentially be used by companies and stakeholders. Trying to differentiate the aggregated public and private data and place of ownership of this data is something that people should have control over, but this isn’t the case, as stakeholders and companies have the power. Ownership, access and privacy of our data is an important topic.
  • Amazon Echo Alexa being the leading innovative IoT device in the market, with fast interaction to the cloud and the promise of open sources technology. Open source software makes it more superior and allows for innovation and allows for more meaningful ways for the technology to talk to each other.

 

Stacy Higginbotham brings up some great points in her Podcast with Kevin Tofel as they talk about the data privacy of devices connected to the internet. This source was okay and left me asking more questions rather than answering them. Some of the points were interesting, however, so I will end up using this source but definitely not on its own. This sources works well with my questions of privacy and can be used as a case study in future.

  • The issue of Privacy and how far companies will go to collect data was discussed with Sex toys being the example. Is it moral that an individual needs to give up their privacy when buying technologies that connect to the internet and would legislations work to protect data that items like sex toys would collect? Should the consumer have to do the research into these types of technologies and their connection to the cloud before buying the product?
  • There needs to be a decision made on the types of data objects that are connected to the internet should be allowed to aggravate and review. And the points made in the above source ask this as well, what is public and private data.

 

Where am I with this research and the finished Project?

My plan for this research project has changed since my last post. I was originally thinking of doing a blog post series to answer my questions. I have since changed my mind and am going to push myself out of my comfort zone and try to do something that I haven’t attempted before. So now, for this project, I try and present my findings and answer my questions in the medium of a podcast. In terms of my project process, I have been trying to find other sources and articles to use that will help me. I have been a little lost for time, but once some of my other assessments are out of the way I will be spending more time on this and giving it my all.

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