TJ McDermott - I agree with you - MEMS is fun - and I hope that we keep focusing on the "good" that MEMS can enable and that we realize at the same time, that there are some "bad guys" (okay and some bad girls) out there who want to use that fun stuff for evil, too. But I think overall MEMS will truly improve our QoL and make our lives better and happier and more fun. But with everything - we must go in with OPEN eyes.
You're right, in the light of recent events it's clear that our own government (USA), is more than interested in spying on each and everyone of us than China is. The next time some virus attempts to break into my PC it may very well be fueled by the Patriotic Act rather than a Russian porn site. It makes me feel so proud and protected.
No, the last thing I want to do is send more of my personal information into the cloud. The Internet Of Things may be great for the NSA and China, but I think I'd rather opt out.
I have been watching your banter and find it rather entertaining. Thank you. The reality is that through the enabling power of MEMS, along with sensor fusion, wireless tech like Bluetooth, beaming data up to the cloud and back, we can have context awareness. The technology is here, now. It's not a Star Trek, Jetsons futuristic thing that you think your grandkids will have.
What really creeps ME out is the fact that nobody is seriously thinking about the security of that MEMS/sensor data that is being "beamed up/down to the cloud" - It is seriouly vulnerable to hacking, folks and from my vantage point, no one is thinking about this beside a bunch of academics and DoD and Homeland Security. In my humble opinion this is a big market opportunity. Is anyone dealing with this? Are telecomm co's looking into this? If they are I don't hear them talking about it - and darnit, they should be!
This Internet of Things we all talk about is all dependent upon MEMS and sensor technology - b/c it's those cute little MEMS and sensors that will be relaying the smart data that will be enable IoT. But it will not be smart data if the path of IoT is filled with potholes and roadside bombs.
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