It’s the sad but consistent rule of technology that all cool future inventions must be given really terrible, confusing, complex and obtuse names.
The first time electronic products like washing machines and dishwashers got their own brains and were able to figure things out for themselves, the name given to that technology was Fuzzy Logic.
The first time computing and storage power was taken offsite and made available from a remote location, the simple name it was given was Cloud Computing. This was heralded as the new technology that would change the world.
And now the latest buzz is that soon each and every device, machine and sensor in the world will talk to each other and take smart decisions with zero intervention from you. The awesomely simple name for this future technology? The Internet of Things (IoT).
Rajiv Makhni is managing editor, Technology, NDTV, and the anchor of Gadget Guru, Cell Guru and Newsnet 3
From HT Brunch, June 21
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