Being away from a blog is embarrassing. We are all busy, I just need to develop a better habit of being here.
I’ve read two articles in the last few weeks that I’m trying to figure how they connect with each other. First, Dave Evans Cisco’s Chief Futurist and Chief Technologist published a white paper last April called the “Internet of Things”. Evans predicts that there will be 50 billion connected devices in just 8 years. His point is that the internet now connects more devices than people. If you think we are too tethered to our devices now, what will we look like in just a few years?
Second, the New York Times published, “How Companies Learn Your Secrets” by Charles Duhigg summarizes research about how powerful our habits are and how data mining can make all of our habits more predictable to the world.
What can the combination of billions of devices and the power of routines produce? Will we have more participation online than we do now? Will the amount of time we spend without devices continue to decrease? Can we encourage people to create more positive routines and use our devices to trigger cues and give rewards to encourage positive behaviors? It there enormous potential to abuse this power? I think the answer to all of these questions is yes – and I think there are many more questions out there that we can’t even predict. Our obligation is to keep talking about these issues so that we all know how our devices work and how our habits work and feel like we still have power over our devices and our networks.