The Internet Of Things And Some Observations

At my age (73), it is both interesting (and sometimes) mind-boggling to learn new things. Such is the case regarding this EdTech Magazine article, regarding the three ways that colleges are utilizing The Internet of Things, by using IoT technology.

This technology has to do with interconnecting all digital devices, whether PC, tablet, smartphone, video game console, video player, smart TV, or even a smart refrigerator, to the Internet (see here, here, and here). See a day in the life of the Internet of Things here and here.

It is estimated that by the year 2020, there will be 50 billion objects connected to the Internet. We are talking about a world that will be blanketed with billions of sensors that take data from physical objects, and uploading that data to the Internet.

According to the above videos, we will live in a world full of sensors and data, reacting to us according to our needs. Technology will be monitoring our every move. Sounds like a little of George Orwell's concept of the world in Nineteen Eighty-Four, doesn't it?

The question is, what would happen to all of the above connectivity, if the Internet suddenly became non-functional? What would happen if some foreign hacker decided to bring the Internet down to its knees? (see here). Could the data on the entire Internet be completely erased? (see the answer here).

This writer is extremely thankful that if the above scenario were to happen, I would still have my physical library of  religious books, accumulated over a 35 year period of time, so that my study of God's word would not be interrupted (Psalm 1:1-2; 2 Timothy 2:15; Acts 17:11).

Beloved, from observing the above videos (note links in the second paragraph), I firmly believe that the future expansion of technology, will only cause more complex problems than it will ever solve. We can't go wrong when we firmly adhere to the KISS principle, not only in education, but in teaching the simple gospel of Christ, or in any other endeavor of life. In this writer's view, simple is always better (see 11 different answers here).

Mike Riley, Gospel Snippets


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