You may receive more texts from machines than people within 5 years

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We could all be receiving more text messages from our home appliances than from other people within five years, according to a university expert.

Dr Kevin Curran of the University of Ulster maintains that the idea of using mobile devices simply for communication will seem “outdated.” What he described as the Internet of Things (IoT) will instead allow smartphone users to interact with nearly every appliance and device they own.

He said, “Your refrigerator will let you know when you’re running low on milk, your dishwasher will inform you when it’s ready to be emptied.” Some devices have already hit the market. Smartphone users can control the lights and temperature in their house; close a garage door; or receive alerts from a smoke detector, for example.

Curran explained that there are some elements that need to be worked out, particularly in the realm of security. “Security needs to be a main priority for connected devices,” he said, “especially since it will be difficult to tell if a toaster or refrigerator, which has no visual interface, has contracted a virus or malware.”

Until extensive security measures are put in place, Curran advises that consumers limit the number of devices allowed on a given network.

We previously looked at the Internet of Things and how it could make your life easier. You can read more about the Internet of Things here.

In Short: Dr Kevin Curran of the University of Ulster believes that we will receive more texts from our home appliances than from other people within five years.

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