Jason Hope, the Arizona tech entrepreneur famous for founding mobile content provider Jawa, has recently taken to the internet to raise awareness of the almost limitless possibilities that will be unlocked by the coming advent of the Internet of Things. This new dimension of total network reach will usher in an area of such things as self-driving cars and self-opening doors on a level never seen before. But it will also have profound impacts on the daily lives of everyone who interacts with these devices.
Hope predicts that by the year 2020, there will have been an aggregate total of over $6 trillion invested in the rising technology. This will include everything from self-driving delivery trucks to totally automated warehouses to self-adjusting thermostats capable of optimization through the use of sophisticated algorithms. Hope estimates that the cost savings and efficiency gains from this widespread deployment of self-aware devices will be unprecedented. And, unlike some, he is unperturbed by the prospects of quickly spreading automation. He believes that, rather than putting many workers on the bread lines, the reductions in need for labor will bring about such things as the universal basic income and the 15 hour work week.
Many of the predicted gains, Hope avers, will come in the form of automation and the reduction for the need of human intervention in all kinds of industrial processes. However, much of it will also come from simple efficiency gains as devices, hardware and parts become fitted with the means to record, store and retrieve data. One such example is the ability of thermostats to dramatically increase the heating efficiency of buildings. Doors will be fitted with thermometers, barometers and other devices to collect data on the internal ambiance of buildings. Such things as door opening times in winter can have profound impacts on the overall ability of buildings to retain heat.
Hope sees these things as constituting a new era in human history, the age of total technological permeation.