I’ve been deeply ambivalent about “the Internet Of Things” (IoT) for as long as geeks have been jabbering about it.
Now, bear in mind, I work in technology; I design how people and technology (at various levels) interact. My home office looks like Chloe O’Brien’s cubicle, or Vernon Reid’s effects rig.
But I gotta draw the line at an internet that communicates between discrete machines and the people who run them.
Net-controlled home security? Cars? Ubiquitous online connections to everything we interact with in life?
Well, not after last Friday, where apparently cheap, insecure IoT devices in various online-enabled appliances – DVRs, video cameras and the like – were harnessed by incredibly sophisticated hackers to launch a denial of service attack that took down vast swathes of the internet.
I’ll drive my own car and lock my own doors, thanks.