It almost defies belief that Stanley Kubrick’s groundbreaking 1968 film, “2001: A Space Odyssey” will be more than 45 years old in 2014. Some of the more esoteric, non-verbal scenes in the movie are head-scratchers for many, but 2001’s way-ahead-of-its-time premise that artificial intelligence is a living, evolutionary being on a par with humanity is still an astounding concept. This brings to mind an emerging term, called “The Internet of Things,” or IoT, which has been percolating since the late 90s and is now starting to receive some serious attention. An Internet search will yield a host of explanations regarding IoT, but I like Techopedia’s definition best:

“The Internet of Things (IoT) is a computing concept that describes a future where everyday physical objects will be connected to the Internet and be able to identify themselves to other devices. The term is closely identified with RFID as the method of communication, although it also may include other sensor technologies, wireless technologies or QR codes. Each definition shares the idea that the first version of the Internet was about data created by people, while the next version is about data created by things.”

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