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Jason Hope's Hard Line Stance On the Internet of Things

Jesse Boskoff, @jesseboskoff
01.26.17
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Jason Hope is a big believer in the Internet of Things. He has made a name for himself as an entrepreneur and frequent writer and commentator on the latest tech trends. Hope has recently written about the subject extensively at Tech.co, calling the Internet of Things the greatest new wave of advancement to hit the tech industry. His articles are highly regarded as among the preeminent authorities on the direction that new technology is headed in.

The Internet of Things refers to connected technology that allows various devices to sync with each other. This includes devices that are used in daily life, such as kitchen appliances, street lights, cars and electronic devices. In essence, this trend encapsulates the ability of devices to connect using the same network and share data to increase efficiencies and decrease waste. As Hope has explained, the Internet of Things has the potential to completely change the way that businesses operate and stands to become the single biggest advancement in the tech industry for years to come.

The Internet of Things is so influential, according to Hope, that it is likely the biggest investment that many of the world's largest corporations will take on. As the major players in the global economy begin to embrace the technological advances offered by the Internet of Things, it will become more imperative for other companies to keep up with their pace. Hope predicts that this will fuel a world in which almost all conceivable devices are able to connect with each other.

While Hope explains that smart technology is simply a convenient option for many consumers now, Jason believes it will become the only way forward for the future in just a few years. Even though most of the general public associates getting online with their computers or smartphones right now, this will quickly expand to include their morning routine of making coffee or turning off lights in their home when they leave for work for the day. There will be competition among all the major companies to be able to create the most useful and relevant apps for consumers to engage with in their daily lives and across a variety of different devices. The race to the top will be based on utility for consumers, and Hope expects that this competition will be quite fierce over the next few years.

One of the biggest advantages of embracing smart technology and the Internet of Things for society as a whole is that it has the power to eliminate plenty of waste and make our daily lives safer. For example, Hope explains that public transportation has enjoyed significant improvements thanks to the Internet of Things. These include better monitoring of maintenance issues for trains and the real-time mapping of public bus routes to avoid dangerous conditions on the road. Public satisfaction with public transportation will only increase as these improvements continue, which means that there will be less congestion on the roads as a result of fewer individual cars on the road and more people opting for public transit options. In addition to improving road conditions for many drivers, this will also result in less pollution over time and fewer potential traffic accidents.

Although some of the most frequently cited examples of the potential of the Internet of Things concern improvements in city life, there are also major potential benefits for more rural areas. Emergency responses and GPS tracking of accidents will be much more accurate and efficient with more data collected on the location of accidents and cars at all hours of the day and night. Mr. Hope's optimism regarding the Internet of Things and its ability to improve our lives is certainly well-grounded.

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