As a result of advances in sophisticated artificial intelligence and machine learning, automation and augmented reality, the Internet landscape is undergoing massive change. It’s no longer just about accessing information via electronic devices like laptops, smartphones, and tablets. From toasters to transit systems, we are now in the age of the Internet of Things where interconnected devices and objects are fully networked and communicate data back and forth. Devices and objects learn from these data exchanges and adapt and respond to our personal needs and preferences.
From “smart” houses to “smart” cars, from cashless banking to wearable sensors that gather personal health data, new technological innovations and the Internet of Things is integrated with nearly all aspects of daily living, impacting health, home, transportation, shopping, travel and entertainment. Soon, everything with be “smart”.
What does this mean for you? This book is a guide to understanding the way soon-to-be common technologies affect your daily life and how to use these technologies for increased safety, security, convenience, and quality of life. If you are a mainstream user of technology, part of the sandwich generation, or a baby boomer trying to navigate the IoT age, this book is your roadmap.
About the author
Vicki McLeod is the founder of Main Street Communications Ltd., a strategic planning and communications firm based in Greater Vancouver, Canada. In 2013 Main Street was shortlisted by Small Business BC as one of the Top 5 Online Marketers in the province an RBC Women of Influence nominee as a Canadian Woman Entrepreneur of the Year for 2014 & 2015. She was honoured as 2014 Business Leader of the Year in Main Street’s home community of Maple Ridge B.C., Canada. She’s the author of #Untrending, a local newspaper columnist, and a TEDX speaker. She is the coauthor of Self-Counsel Press title Digital Legacy Plan.