The Internet will always be something more than things, less than humans

Zennaro (ICTP), it's hard to predict the consequences

Redazione ANSA

In the future, the Internet will always be much more than objects and always less than humans and "this will have huge repercussions, the results of which we cannot yet predict", said Marco Zennaro, a researcher at the Trieste ITT and Big Data expert.

"The Internet - he explained - is undergoing an epochal transformation. From the Internet of humans we are moving to an 'Internet of things', consisting of objects, that is sensors and devices, something which is much larger and which can have consequences for our life that we cannot yet predict results". The Internet of things – the researcher added - with about 30bn devices that send data online, "is 10 times larger than the Internet used by humans".

Today, the scholar pointed out, "if we compare this with 3.5 billion human beings using the internet, we understand that the Internet of things is taking on more and more". And this evolution "is having repercussions on how we live and work".
Several fields will undergo a transformation. For example, "online maps, and traffic information”. In the Internet of things, Zennaro said, " traffic lights are activated or deactivated via devices that send data from traffic lights to other devices. "This technology – he added – can have huge repercussions because we do not know how the data is processed, by whom or even who owns it". Here are some more examples.

"Smart cities – he continued - where more and more objects have sensors that send information on the Internet so as to optimize the processes". As a matter of fact, waste collection can be optimized."With the Internet of Things, by placing sensors on the collection trucks, you will be able to quantify the garbage in advance and therefore collect it where and when it is necessary". Any technology, however, Zennaro added, will have consequences, the effects of which are not so easy to predict.