Internet of Things: A Day in the Life of Penelope Pitstop

About the Internet everyone has heard and a good part of the world population uses it. But, what about Internet of Things also known by the acronym: IoT.

What is it? A new Internet? Does it depend on human interaction? Will it affect or already affect your daily life without your noticing?

I will not go into detail about the technical definition of IoT. In a simplified way, the Internet of Things is communication between all the objects that exist – sending and receiving data and information in order to facilitate our life without necessarily depending on human interaction.

This system establishes connections between the Internet and various objects, such as automobiles, refrigerators, appliances, smart watches, mobile phones and other mobile devices. For example, modern aircrafts constantly send detailed information to a plant without pilot interaction.

Oops! What about Penelope Pitstop? Where does she get into this story? Before we follow her, quickly, on just one morning in her life and on the Internet of Things, take a look in your refrigerator and check if it is only making ice and not sending SPAM emails. You think I’m joking? See this headline: Proliferation of connected devices makes hackers invade until refrigerator.

Surprising, but in the matter above, hackers have been able to send more than 750,000 SPAM emails using as emitters: TV sets and even refrigerators without the least interaction or control of their owners. US Senator Edward Markey reported that hackers can control the running of cars (have you ever considered your car braking without your interaction?), Electronic nannies, thermostats and various other household appliances. Even modern exercise wristbands provide information that can be used by stalkers.

“Penelope, my dear. It’s 7:00 in the morning. Time to wake up! (The song Morning Has Broken starts …)

– Alexa, just another 15 minutes. Meanwhile, play my playlist “Mozart for Bedtime

– Okay, Penelope. Just a reminder: It will start raining in 15 minutes and my records show heavy traffic on the highway. You have 3 urgent messages and received 171 Likes in your new profile picture, congratulations! Your new record!

Penelope Pitstop, when she isn’t participating in the Crazy Race needs to work hard during the week to sustain her hobby. The brief dialogue between her and a latest gadget, an Amazon Echo, to which she chose ‘Alexa’ as her name, gives us an idea of IoT in practice. The 15 minutes have passed, wake up Penelope!

Penelope rises and runs to the bathroom. Today she’s already late. Meanwhile, Alexa detected the sound of the bathroom’s door opening and at the same time receives Penelope’s pulsating information through the exercise’s bracelet so Alexa shoots a playlist of workout songs to help Penelope wake up definitely on this morning.

As usual, Penelope steps on the electronic weight balance electronic and looks into the direction of the mirror (which has a webcam connected to the Internet).

– Ahhhh how awful I am today! All swollen! And my weight? I gained 300 grams! That’s not possible!

Alexa has already received data from the weight balance, webcam, exercise’s bracelet and various other devices connected to the Internet or via radio frequency including hundreds of Penelope’s contacts on Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, from the condo where she lives and many others. Alexa consolidates all the information and connects to Penelope’s smartphone then communicating to her audibly, Alexa says:

– Penelope, you made good progress in the last 30 days! I just received data from your Gym and comparing with your Facebook’s friends you are in an excellent position.

– Really Alexa?? That excited me a little bit!

– Yes, really. Penelope remember: I work on real data, I’m not only giving an opinion, but I’m assertive and sincere, so to speak. Anything else?

– I’m thinking. I don’t know if I should ask that question I do every day.

– Penelope, based on the data in real time that I got and updating all my records, I suggest to you: don’t request such information today.

– Why not, Alexa?” Now I’m curious! I’ll ask the usual question!

– Penelope, I’m here to serve you. Just request to me the information.

– Okay, Alexa. The everyday question I do is: “Mirror, mirror of mine, is there anyone in this world more beautiful than I?”

– Penelope, it does exist. In fact, based on the data that I obtained via Internet of Things, in terms of beauty you occupy the 26th position here in the condominium. Anything else?

– Twenty-sixth place here in the condominium where I live?” It’s not possible! There’s something wrong. What else, Alexa?

– Getting out of the condominium and getting data from your neighborhood, the situation gets much worse. In the neighborhood you occupy the 928th position among the two thousand surveyed. Anything else?

– Although in the “Beauty” field your position is unsatisfactory, I analyzed the “Career” field and you are among the top 3 highest paid executives in your condominium and occupy the 23th position in the neighborhood. Anything else?

– Well, not so bad. What about the field “Hobby”, how am I performing?

– Ahhhh Penelope !! On this field you’re unbeatable! You’re in the 1st position especially due your constant participation in the Crazy Race in the weekends. And you know what else, Penelope?

– Wow!! I’m so happy! What else, Alexa?

– In the item “Charm” you still the number one! Anything else?

– But where did you get this information that I’m the most charming?

– Penelope: Internet of Things, Internet of Things! But the source doesn’t allow full access so I cannot provide more details. By the way, you’re late for your first meeting of the day.
Anything else?

– Not for now. I need to finish packing. I’m on my way!

Ready for another day of work as a multinational executive, Penelope gets in the car and as soon as she starts the engines, her mobile receives a Whatsapp’s message: “Penelope, a truck is broken on the highway and the traffic to your workplace is terrible. In addition, the on-board car’s computer reported an issue with the left tire and fuel is almost empty. I suggest you come back to the apartment to start a Video Conference via Skype. If you wish I can turn on the notebook and send an meeting’s update to the attendees that the meeting will be Remote.
Yes or no? Alexa.

– Yes.

– Penelope, anything else?

– Yes, Alexa. What there is in the fridge to the lunch?

Internet of Things or just IoT – more is coming so fast, faster than Penelope Pitstop racing in the Crazy Race. Thus, don’t be surprised if suddenly one of your mobile devices ask:

Anything else?

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