Sensors, controls, and network connectivity are now economically viable for ordinary products, not just high-value products. Every "thing" with an on-off switch can be reimagined as a smart, connected device. IoT assumes that analysis of sensor data streams, not direct display, is more useful and cost-effective. The "thing"--say, a machine--is connected to the internet so that its sensor readings and their results after analysis can be accessed by any other authorized internet-connected device. This can be a smartphone or tablet on the other side of the world, or an AI system learning how to operate the machine.
Dark net black markets are taking a leaf out of many legit companies' book and turning to bounty hunters to find security flaws in their systems. Hansa Market is one of them. According to CyberScoop, the marketplace, which brought in $3 million last year, has launched a bug bounty program offering rewards worth up to 10 BTC or around $10,000. Considering marketplaces like Hansa sell drugs, illegal firearms, log-ins and other data, the websites likely want to amp up their security measures to protect their sellers from law enforcement. They also likely want to protect all the log-in/password dumps and other data for sale from other hackers who might break into their system to steal them.
Automation can go far beyond cars. Self-driving company capabilities are closer than we realize. Every day we hear more about how self-driving vehicles will change our lives. Automotive innovators such as Tesla and Waymo have been working to advance this capability for years while legacy companies, including GM and Ford, have more recently joined the chase. Self-driving cars are now shuttling around riders -- although still with human overseers -- in Las Vegas, Boston, and Detroit, among other cities.
The world is getting smaller. Transportation routes are getting faster, storage times shorter. Resources are available anytime, anywhere. The worldwide trade knows no bounds, and it comes in many shapes and forms. In the future, intelligent international trading companies will shift from focusing on transactions and wares to the interaction with customers and suppliers.