A popular saying that ‘There are two sides of a coin’ is also true in case of Internet of Things. Every emerging technology has a dark side to it, which should be explored and kept in mind while using the technology. ‘Internet of Things (IoT)’, one of the raging technologies, is luring end users with its captivating benefits and features. Let’s have a look at both the pros as well as the cons of using IoT in our daily lives.
Pros of Internet of Things:
Here are some advantages of IoT:
1. Cost Savings
It makes the electronic appliances communicate to each other in an effective manner thereby conserving and saving cost and energy; hence, it’s helpful to people in their daily routines. By allowing the data to be shared and communicated between electronic devices and then translating it into our required way, IoT is making our systems efficient.
It is true that with more information, you can make better decisions. Whether it is general decisions as needing to know what to buy at a grocery store or if your company has enough supplies and widgets, knowledge is great power and more knowledge is always good.
IoT encourages Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communication (communication between devices). Owing to this, the physical devices are capable to stay connected; hence, total transparency is available with greater quality and lesser inefficiencies.
4. Automation and Control
Owing to physical objects getting controlled and connected digitally with wireless infrastructure, there is a big amount of automation and control in the workings. All the machines are capable to communicate with each other without human intervention which leads to prompt output.
Cons of Internet of Things:
Here are some cons of Internet of Things:
1. Over Dependency on Technology
At present , it is observed that the younger generation is a technology freak and they depend upon technology and its devices for every little thing. With the help of IoT, this dependency will become even more in daily routines. No application is free from fault and there are some hitches in each technical application. Totally relying on IoT devices may create a trouble in case of non-working or crash of an IoT infrastructure.
2. Losing Security on Privacy
As there is involvement of different technologies and devices, there is monitoring by more than one companies, which directly questions the security and privacy issues. Data retrieval and storage also becomes a major concern for the companies because all of them are involved at the same time. In case of keeping only one company, it may lead to question of domination .
3. Lesser Employment Prospects
With IoT, daily activities getting automated and naturally there will be fewer requirements of human resources and less educated staff, which may create employment issue in the society.
With all complex systems, there is possibility of failure. Failures could be sky rocket in case of Internet of Things.
It’s not that we shouldn’t be moving with latest technology, but it’s equally important to analyse and study the bad sides of it and be prepared for the outcome. You should read the darker side of IoT with this post and be cautious of these points while choosing IoT.
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