Machine to Overtake Humans on the Internet

Posted on November 18, 2005

Humans are quickly being overtaken by bots online and the number of machines using the Internet will eventually overtake human users according to a new UN report called the Internet of Things. A BBC article about the UN's findings.

"It would seem that science fiction is slowly turning into science fact in an 'Internet of Things' based on ubiquitous network connectivity," said the report.

"Today, in the 2000s, we are heading into a new era of ubiquity, where the 'users' of the internet will be counted in billions and where humans may become the minority as generators and receivers of traffic."

Radio Frequency Identification (RFID), sensors, robotics and nanotechnology will make processing power increasingly available in smaller and smaller packages so that networked computing dissolves into the fabric of things around us.

The result could mean remote controls embedded in clothing, cars that alert their driver when they have developed a fault, managers who check on workers through the RFID devices embedded in their phones, and bags that remind their owners that they have forgotten something.

As more measuring devices are tagged and connected to the Internet the number of machines will grow and grow. There are also the search and information bots that crawl the Internet for information in increasing numbers. It's ok as long as the bots intend to help us and provide information for us to use.

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