Older adults have now seen the scary future – and it is behind the firewall. When futurists began speaking about the ‘Internet of Caring Things’ they conjured up images of seemingly useful functionality. Smart objects networked together was a magnetic marketing phrase. Now it’s becoming an Orwellian nightmare, not just because Google can drive while you text. It’s because we know the car has millions of lines of code and is easily hacked by two guys on a couch with a laptop.
Volkswagen’s internal hacking deception to meet emission standards gives visibility to the Internet of Cheating Things, the Internet of Hacked Things, and Scammed Things.
A long time ago in the world of tech for seniors a cell phone just made calls, not easily hacked or invaded by malware. Networked monitoring, devices and hardware communicated in proprietary protocols to base stations/units & analytics were simple. These devices could not wirelessly send info or data anywhere, but this has changed.
Software now undermines the sensor-related industries and is obviously more vulnerable to hacking this year than ever before, all this points to weakness that requires assistance, IT Security consulting. But hospitals, rehab units, assisted living communities, nursing homes, home care and home health agencies are all enterprises that use software. Do they hire consultants? Doubtful.
So what should an Internet of Caring Things for older adults be like? Given the hacking and privacy chaos of today, we should exercise caution before extending the Internet of Things hype to healthcare, home care, or senior housing. The Internet of (truly) Caring Things would only allow devices to network that have been through device security basic training – not today’s retrospective apology of oops, they got in.
Read Article (Laurie Orlov | ageinplacetech.com | 09/28/2015)
Real life is painting a different picture of the Internet of Things, and that picture is nothing like the description of futurists.
Being well informed and being a little tech-savvy can make a huge difference when utilizing new technology, whether you consider yourself a techie or not.
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