Since 1949, “World Urbanism Day” is held on November 8 thanks to Professor Carlos Maria della Paolera of the University of Buenos Aires. The date also known as “World Town Planning Day” is devoted to promoting urban planning and design to create a more livable place for the growing population.
If hearing the word “farm” still evokes the romantic image of endless fields providing an escape from technology and from constant internet connection, it is high time to reconstruct this picture. The Internet of Things started to reshape agriculture, which meant 30 million agricultural IoT devices installed in 2015, according to Business Insider.
This transformation could not arrive in a better time. The world population is expected to grow from 6.8 billion today to 9.1 billion by 2050 requiring significant growth in food production, says UN report. In addition to the increasing food demand, shrinkage of arable lands and increase in drought are also alarming problems caused by climate change. Needless to mention, with the rapid population growth, sustainable farming is more important than ever before. Considering these aspects, it might not seem to be an exaggeration that precision farming and smart agriculture are the key for survival.
Autonomous cars have been subject of wishful thinking for ages; and these desires were even projected to television screen. Probably the biggest fun-favourite is the self-conscious four-wheel side-kick of David Hasselhoff from the 1980s, called Knight Industries Two Thousand, alias KITT. Among many other sci-fiesque functions, the wonder car was able to self-drive, give advice, make decisions, and even learn about human emotions and concepts.
No matter how high standers did KITT set for the future automobile-industry, present cars in some respect are way smarter than the technological star of the popular series. High-tech vehicles of today have at least one great advantage over the dream-car: they have internet, they are the inventions of IoT age. Even non-autonomous cars that are connected to internet via smartphones or any other way are able to indicate traffic jams, and construction works to warn us in time to change routs, which is by itself knowledge unimaginable for KITT.
Healthcare is one of the most ambivalent fields as far as the adaptation of Internet of Things is concerned. In some sense, healthcare can be considered as a pioneer, while in some regards it is way more hesitant to adopt the possibilities offered by IoT than, for instance, transportation, housing, and online media. On the one hand, remote data gathering technology was used long before IoT conquered technological space. However, these solutions can merely be treated as the precursors of IoT as they were not connected to the great network of the internet. On the other hand, the inevitable higher awareness of data security may cause some reluctance to explore the possibilities provided by complex connected systems.
With even a slight technological interest, it is impossible to browse the internet without coming across the term IoT, or “Internet of Things.” However, the popular abbreviation is way more than just a fashionable buzzword that has conquered the media. IoT surrounds us overtly – via our smart objects ranging from refrigerators that liberate us from the burden of grocery shopping to the less and less utopian idea of self-driving cars – and covertly – by creating a more efficient traffic control and healthcare, or revolutionizing manufacturing.