Science catching up with science-fiction

July 11, 2016 1:14 pm

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15 years ago, wrist-mounted computers, jet packs, self-driving cars, 3D printers, laser lighting and 3D hologram projectors were the main technological devices that would represent a science-fiction movie.

 

Nowadays, however, we are living in a time where science-fiction is no longer considered fiction. At IFA 2015, one of the world’s leading trade shows for consumer electronics and technology applications, technology was brought to life, and the futuristic devices of our favourite sci-fi movies were launched; which brought me to think of a vital question, were those devices “smart?”

 

Today, devices need to be able to access and encrypt information on the internet in a language that all other devices can read in order to be considered “smart,” bringing us to the concept of The Internet of Things (IoT). IoT is the new and upcoming “fiction.” It is made up of billions of “smart” devices – ranging from miniscule chips to mammoth machines that use wireless technology to talk to each other – and to us!

 

It is my opinion that this shared data will transform many industries, including healthcare and retail, and will also accelerate scientific research and change the way we live.

 

The IoT world is growing at a spectacular pace, from two billion objects in 2006 to a projected 200 billion by 2020, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC). Moreover, Strategy Analytics M2M and McKinsey Global Institute reported the total global worth of IoT technology could be as much as $6.2 trillion by 2025, with most of that value coming from devices in health care ($2.5 trillion) and manufacturing ($2.3 trillion).

 

It is important to correct the misconception that majority of the IoT smart devices will be focused on consumer electronics; IoT smart devices will actually be allocated in factories, businesses and healthcare as well, changing the way humanity lives.

 

The growth rate in which IoT will be implemented in companies, factories, hospitals and governments will highlight the technology adaption rate for the entity or the country. However, you do not have to wait for IoT to be implemented in your life in order to take advantage of it.

 

Companies, such as Intel®, are providing IoT Developer Kits – giving a chance for everyone to imagine and invent their own futuristic devices, which can vary from smart baby monitor, to a smart green house. Moreover, one can communicate online with others driven by these inventions all over the world.

 

At Intel, it is our priority to empower makers with free guides and samples on our website to assist users through their path of infinite options. In today’s world, with the amount of available and affordable technology we have, in addition to the significant amount of knowledge, it is everyone’s right – or duty – to invent and relive their childhood dream.

 

In the UAE, the adoption, application, and usage of IoT technologies impact a variety of domains including security, healthcare and transportation. Accordingly, Intel launched an IoT Ignition Lab in Dubai that caters for the region and focuses on smart cities, smart homes and smart transportation. The aim of the lab is to collaborate with local companies to promote innovative IoT developments that are in line with Dubai’s vision to become the smartest and happiest city.

 

The UAE technology industry has tremendous potential and is helping drive the nation toward success, and Intel is keen on continuing to support the UAE’s vision in making the nation a smarter place to live, work and play.

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By Taha Khalifa
Intel regional general manager, Middle East and North Africa



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