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One Smart Ecosystem: Using the IoT and Big Data Analytics

In the article The Shape of Things to Come: IoT and Big Data, the author examines how smart ecosystems are being created and the prospect of IoT intercompatiblity issues.  As the IoT becomes more popular and mainstream, it is being touted as a life-changing interactive environment.  The connection of everything we do, and the collection of data from devices as we do it, is supposed to simply our lives.  Furthermore, this collection of data could even begin to predict our next moves and save us time in the process.  These conclusions based on the aggregate of data is the essence of Big Data.

The issues begin to arise when one philosophically thinks of Big Data.  Big Data, and the analyzation of this data, is only working in the past, or at best, the immediate present.  Additionally, using Big Data to predict the future relies on the heavy assumption that the future will mirror the past.  One cannot help but wonder, is this assumption valid?  No matter how one views the scope of utility of Big Data Analytics, companies like Netflix have already began to use it.  The issue of quality of data, based on amount of sensors and what the sensors are actually recording, further complicates the usage of Big Data.

Finally, the author brings up a very interesting point.  The creation of smart ecosystems based on the IoT and the Big Data collected has immense potential but only if there is only one compatible system.  What if there were multiple IoT that were not compatible with each other?  The data collected would be useless across systems thus creating no value whatsoever.  Thankfully, there is already movements in the technology industry to create unity of the IoT.  As the author quoted Sparks founder in the article, “Today, there aren’t enough things on the market to worry about intercompatibility, but there will be five years from now.”


Even with companies beginning to attempt to unify the IoTs, do you believe intercompatiblity will still be an issue?

How good will the predictive ability of Big Data get?

Supposing the IoT and the Big Data collected becomes so good at predicting our needs, what happens to our basic instincts?