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We need to prepare for the Internet of Things






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A technology analyst warned we might not yet be ready for the Internet of Things - the next stage of the digital revolution. It will change our lives because all our devices will be connected. A technology research company predicts that by 2020, nearly 26 billion devices will be on the Internet of Things. They will communicate with each other. Our fridge will order milk if we need more, and hey presto, the milk arrives.

The Internet of Things has, "the potential to drive fundamental economic and social change". However, there are "serious obstacles" for it to be ready in time. These include building new data storage centres, and data security. A cyber-security expert warns of the "unintended consequences" because of the large number of connected devices. He predicts that privacy will be a huge worry because everything will be connected to the Internet.

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