The Internet of Things

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A few years ago, the internet was just but a theory. Today almost everyone has access to the internet either through their smart phones or wi-fi at home. The internet connects users from all parts of the world in real time and has been of great value to businesses all around the world. For the younger generation, the internet has been easier to maneuver compared to the older generation.

You may have come across the term Internet of Things and wondered what it was all about. It is the various existing products that can connect us, through the internet. Today, we don’t just have smart phones. We have smart homes, smart appliances and smart electronics, all which use the internet. The internet has opened doors in the education sector as well. In the olden days, students had to visit libraries to access books but not anymore. They can now comfortably do their research at home using a PC, smart phone or a tab. Internet of Things has expanded over time, and continues to do so day by day.

Of the changes that have been brought about by IoT, are broadband internet and wi-fi services. High internet speeds were costly and, therefore, only accessible to professionals who could afford it, but over the years, more internet providers have come into play, and these costs have considerably dropped. The same goes for wi-fi. With a smart phone or tab, you can access work emails, documents or catch up on projects while your kids play as you wait to get them a bite to eat at a restaurant because most places we visit these days have free wi-fi and hotspots. This has definitely made life much easier.

IoT has greatly impacted our day to day living. Below are a few scenarios that show how.

• Alarm clocks. When you set your alarm clock, you find that you use you use your smart phone and not a bedside clock.

• Many people have smart electronics, and a smart coffee maker is one of the home appliances which can assist in time-saving. If pre-programmed, you can find your morning coffee ready every day as you leave for work.

• With smart cars, you are able to detect faults right away. These cars have warning lights on the dashboard and will alert you whenever something is wrong with your automobile.

Jason Hope is one of the people who believe in enhancing technology for the future. He is an entrepreneur, investor and philanthropist, who lives in Scottsdale Arizona. He has a degree in Finance from the Arizona State University and an MBA from W.P Cary School of Business. Apart from having political interests, Jason has dedicated himself to the development of technology so as to improve the lives of many.

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Jason Hope sees Internet of Things ushering in new era of automation

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Ever since the mathematician John Von Neumann began talking about the General Theory of Automata back in the 1940s, the ability of computational systems to create levels of automation that would transform society into something out of a science fiction novel has long captured the attention of the public. Today, that reality is on the brink of taking shape, with many different areas that were once solely in the realm of human labor being quickly automated, leading to ability of humans to largely become free of menial work.

Jason Hope is one of Arizona’s most prolific and highly lauded entrepreneurs. Over a career spanning 20 years, Hope has created dozens of startups, operating highly successful businesses in industries ranging from search engine optimization to b2b platforms. One of Hope’s most famous accomplishments was his early creation of the premium mobile content streaming business model. In the late 1990s, Hope saw huge potential in the ability of people to download their favorite media onto their cellular devices. At a time when barely 50 percent of the American public had a mobile device or cellular telephone, this was a remarkable example of perspicacity. Ultimately, Hope would beat the iTunes store and Apple to the mobile content provision business model by over one full decade, leading him to be the real founder of a business model that has given Steve Jobs and others like him the title of unqualified genius.

But today, Hope is humble about his past accomplishments. His main goal, over the last few years, has been to blog and write about the coming technologies that are encompassed in Internet of Things, a set of technologies that Hope believes will so radically transform the way in which everyday Americans live their lives that it will be the biggest thing since the Industrial Revolution.

Hope believes that one of the first ways that people will begin to notice the dramatic effects that internet-of-things technologies will have on the everyday lives of Americans will be through the increasingly widespread adoption of high automation to take over tasks that were once only performed by humans. Hope believes that one of these areas that will be almost completely replaced by automated processes is grocery shopping.

Hope notes that Amazon has been able to successfully displace a vast portion of all retail sales in the United States, particularly those that formerly took place at department stores and other on-site location. Hope believes a similar process will soon play out with grocery stores, with automated order fulfillment technology being able to not only fulfill orders, but to deliver those orders automatically to the homes of those who have ordered the groceries. This will be carried out through the use of self-driving vehicles.

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Mizzou Professor Seeks to Repair Reputation

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The internet has become something of the great equalizer in life. The utility can give a voice to the quietest person in the world but it can also tear them down just the same. Missouri Professor Melissa Click quickly came to realize just how powerful a tool the internet can be when she watched her career get destroyed before her very eyes. Her sin? Having a bad day on campus and having it captured on camera. Melissa Click came under fire this past year when a video showing her call ‘for muscle’ to remove student journalists from a protest went viral. Nothing has been the same for her since.

When the video went viral the University of Missouri was forced to take action thanks to pressure from over 100 different lawmakers. Click was quickly put on suspension pending an investigation and the common thought seems to be that she will be terminated. Student protests can be tremulous events, especially when tempers are high, and Click allegedly did not show the sort of constraint and level head that the Missouri board wanted to see.

At this point in time what is Click supposed to do? Simply set herself back and allow the internet to destroy a reputation that she carefully curated for the past 12 years? Click had been a well liked professor at the University for over a decade when the event happened. The faculty at UoM stood behind her which prompted even more to come out in support of Click. So, instead of letting the court of public opinion destroy her career the embattled professor turned to a company called Status Labs.

Status Labs is an online public relations company based out of Texas. Status Labs became popular on a whole new level thanks to CEO Darius Fisher and his very public, very vocal, support of privacy rights. The company has been focusing on a public relations campaign for Click and the tide finally seems to be turning back in her favor.