The Internet of Things is a broad category of technologies that have the potential to radically transform the way in which we all live our lives. With the ability of devices that were previously dumb to become autonomous, the efficiency gains that will potentially be had with the Internet of Things will far eclipse anything that has occurred thus far in human history.
One of Arizona’s most prominent internet entreprenuers, Jason Hope, has taken to the internet recently. He has been proselytizing people on the incredible benefits that the Internet of Things and all of the technologies that it encompasses will be able to confer on everyday Americans. Hope believes that, within the next decade, almost everything will achieve a level of autonomy that has never before been seen.
Hope is quick to point out to those who say that these ideas are far-fetched that many of the current mobile technologies that are being used by companies in the present form the basis of what will someday be available to everyday households. Hope points to Amazon order fulfillment centers as one example. Amazon has developed an army of highly sophisticated robots that are capable of not only stocking shelves but also removing items from shelves and delivering them to areas in other parts of the warehouse. Although this technology is currently extremely expensive, only being able to be afforded by the largest companies in the world, Hope points to the fact that most technological devices have traditionally followed, more or less, a model of exponential decay in their costs. This implies that, very soon, these technologies will be available to almost every business in America.
One of the areas in which Hope sees these technologies being directly applied is in shopping. Very soon, Hope says, grocery stores will begin deploying automated shopping systems, allowing for customers to pre-order their groceries either online or by telephone. The automated shopping systems will then be able to fulfill the order, having it ready for the customer to either pick up or have the groceries delivered directly to the customer’s house.
Hope says that areas of innovation like this will provide some of the greatest opportunities in the coming decade.
About Jason Hope: http://jasonhope.com/grants/