The internet of things – Having your house connected to the internet

The term Internet of Things (iot) was coined in 1999 at the MIT Media Lab and it simply means physical objects that are connected to the internet. The more in depth definition of IOT is that it is the network of physical objects that is embedded with electronics or software that enables the object to collect and exchange data. Its aim – to improve efficiency, accuracy and economic benefit. Teodor Mitew in his video series explains the concept of IOT further if you are interested in an in depth look at the concept.

My understanding of the Internet of Things is that due to the ever increasing work done by Apple, Google and even Samsung everyday items are becoming more and more advanced. Take for example your fridge can now come with built in phones so that you can dial your family whilst cooking. Essentially all the appliances in your house can be connected to each other and the internet and you would not have to ‘command’ any of them. Seems like a good idea right?

The downside of having your whole house connected to the internet is the same as having your laptop connected to the internet. Viruses and hackers would now be able to control your whole house and not just your computer.

Is having your whole house connected worth the risk of having it infected?


Reference List:

Bleecker, J 2006, Why Things Matter: A manifesto for networked objects – cohabiting with pigeons, arphids and aibos in the internet of things, accessed 23rd October 2015, –

Mitew, T 2014, Do objects dream of an internet of things?, The Fibreculture Journal, issue 23 2014, accessed 23rd October 2015,…things/


9 thoughts on “The internet of things – Having your house connected to the internet

  1. Very refreshing to see that you not only understand the topic from what was discussed in the lecture, but you actually practically applied it when you spoke about how Google, Apple and Samsung have more and more advanced technology almost every day. Great to see a opinion based touch as well as informative.

  2. An interesting viewpoint to take this week! I really enjoy viewing this from both points of view and it also makes for healthy discussion. I think before it becomes commercially available for the public domain they need to make sure it’s reliable in all senses. Malfunctions in household could potentially be fatal especially when linked to appliances like an oven or coffee machine. However, the risks associated to new products and new innovation are everywhere and it’s something that comes up with online connectivity. The products are controlled by the user and there are always going to be people who abuse this, but hopefully for the idea of internet of things sake, they continue to brainstorm preventions.
    Great point of view and it will be interesting to see future debate around this and on your post in particular. This article ( outlines some other disadvantages relating to the IoT, which I also believe is healthy to have in discussion.

  3. I like that you brought up last week’s topic when discussing this week’s. You bring up a really good point, if our houses are connected to the internet, could hackers steal even more information or even cause real life damage such as burning it down? There are also questions and fears in regards to the “rise of machines”. Here we see this age old fear that if objects are able to do what a human can do, do we lose our purpose? While I’m not suggesting that we’ll eventually turn into the fat and lazy humans depicted in Wall-E, this is a discussion we as a society should be having. Great post!

  4. Great post raising the question of whether the internet of things and household commodities should be made harmonious. I believe that there would be greater issues than hacking, more so to do with surveillance within the home and privacy policing the control of your appliance when you’re outside the house on your smartphone etc. Another point I think you might find interesting to add to your argument is that the internet infiltrating everyday appliances and commodities may change the way we treat material desire in the real world. How do we make people pay for devices which are internet enabled if the content they are sharing on it is done for free? And will this only make us a more materialistic consumer society both on and offline? Great points made for further expansion in this post, so well done.

  5. The point about centralised systems makes me think of the Ubisoft video game WatchDogs, thinking of a Bad Luck Brian NPC having their appliances go haywire while I chuckle maniacally from the window honestly made me laugh.
    You’re right however, this takes the notion of the Internet of Things back to the first topic and centralised systems being such a flawed concept. In a sense you end up trading security for convenience with such a set up… the only safe ways to conduct household appliances like this that I can think of would either be; to have them all connected via different internet or server addresses, or to encrypt each appliance within the system individually… both of which take away from the convenience of the set up, which is ultimately the point.
    Maybe once we get to this stage we’ll be able to find methods to overcome this problem, for now, I think I’m going to change a few of my passwords again, just in case.

  6. You bring up some interesting points in this post! I hadn’t even considered the possibility of the internet of things having the ability to hack into anything connected in the home – objects especially – I don’t really desire to be taunted by a household appliance haha. Whilst it seems like an exciting and tempting prospect, every object being connected and controllable and to me seems very futuristic-like, I’m not sure that the actual practicality or the need is there.
    Your meme is great! entertaining whilst still actually linking up with your text. Good read 🙂

  7. This is a very good read and take on the ioT! I was just looking into that actually – the possibility of your very own home appliances being hacked. With the heavy reliance on the concept of ioT, it is still connected to the internet to the internet after all. And chances are, it can be hacked too. I have read numerous of articles about baby monitors being hacked – hackers were able to speak to the babies, and even control the camera’s view. I have even come across articles about public transportations being hacked – these include public train services, and even airplanes. Although its intended purpose is mostly for convenience, it wouldn’t be exactly convenient if everything we had at home got hacked now, would it? Here’s the article about the plane that got hacked not once – but 15-20 times:

  8. Your suggestion is creative, but it sounds really horrible, if the hacker controls my whole house. I cannot imagine that what will happen… My furniture does not belong to me, I cannot open the door, even I cannot back home… I won’t let my whole house to connect the network…

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