The IoT Journey is Just Beginning

The Internet of Things (IoT) is poised to transform life as we know it. If you think we’re in the midst of the revolution, you’re wrong; experts say the sudden explosion of smart objects we are seeing right now is only the beginning. The Center for the Development and Application of Internet of Things Technologies’ Managing Director, Alain Louchez, likens right now to being in the foothills of an enormous mountain that must be scaled, adding that it’s difficult to guess just how big the transformation will ultimately be.

There has been a lot of talk about all the jobs that will be lost to automation, but it’s important to keep in mind that many new professions will also be created by this technology. Just as the bulk of the job roles that people take on now are different from those of our grandparents, professions will continue to change and adapt to the times. Job roles such as smart farming experts, robotics engineers, software designers and data scientists are expected to be particularly in demand in the emerging IoT economy. In fact, some people are projecting that the IoT will spur a net job growth in the short term, with up to 70,000 data scientist roles being created in just the next ten years.

Solving the World’s Problems

Education is also expected to change in ways that reflect the new status quo, with a much stronger emphasis on the subjects of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM education). New tools that aid virtual reality and collaborative learning will provide unprecedented access to “experiential” knowledge, and education is expected to become more personalized.

IoT could also be the solution to the predicted global food and water shortages. Connected sensors in IoT farming could manage the watering and fertilization of plants in ways that boost productivity and make the most efficient use of the available land as possible. Farmers are already making dramatic reductions in water consumption thanks to the technology, and it is also allowing urban gardeners to grow their own food indoors.

With nearly 40 billion objects expected to be connected to the IoT by the end of the current decade, the world is about to start climbing that mountain of possibility we keep hearing so much about. What will we find at the top?

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