The world around us is becoming increasingly automated, with many of us leaning on digital assistants such as Cortana, Echo and Siri to run our lives. Before too long it is highly likely that our cars will be driverless, fridges will restock automatically and our homes will heat themselves. Recently, Westworld - the sci-fi thriller about a technologically advanced, Western-themed amusement park populated by androids that malfunction and begin killing the human visitors - became the biggest watched show of all time on Sky Atlantic. Could this fiction be closer to reality than many of us would care to admit? Our recent study asked this question, and for almost two-thirds of respondents, the answer is yes.
Every second consumer in the world now uses an Internet of Things ( IoT) device one way or another, and out of those – two thirds (64 per cent) are encountering performance issues. This is according to a new report by Dynatrace, which argues that companies deploying IoT solutions need to focus on two things: 1) the escalating complexity of IoT solutions; and 2) building well-planned IoT monitoring and performance strategies. The report, based on a poll of 10,000 consumers, says they experience 1.5 digital performance problems daily, and 62 per cent of people believe the amount of these troubles will increase, as IoT adoption increases, as well.
Two decades ago, Google was an Internet search engine company. Today, the Mountain View-based firm is one of the tech industry's biggest leaders with initiatives ranging from operating systems, apps, cloud services, and communications solutions to self-driving vehicles, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, wearables, and smartphones. To say that Google has diversified its portfolio would be a huge understatement. Furthermore, that strategy is seemingly paying off. The Alphabet-owned company currently has the second most valuable brand in the world and is a leading innovator in most branches of the tech industry.
The internet of things has been a main focus among tech companies in recent years as more manufacturers have figured out ways to integrate online connectivity into devices like cars and home appliances. But a report from the Pew Research Center and Elon University's Imagining the Internet Center finds many industry analysts are taking a largely pessimistic view toward the growth of the IoT industry. In the survey, researchers polled around 1,200 analysts, academics and industry members to get their views on the growth of IoT. While 15 percent of those polled said significant numbers of people would choose to disconnect from the IoT, the remaining 85 percent of experts said users would likely choose to further integrate into the IoT thanks both to the convenience of IoT and the difficulty in disconnecting from it. Many of those polled agreed on several broad IoT development points.