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Future Technology | Futurist | keynote speaker | author | nanotechnology | Jump The Curve Future Technology | Futurist | keynote speaker | author | nanotechnology | Jump The Curve A common and popular vision of the Internet of Things—which I loosely define as the connection of billions of physical objects to the Internet through the use of low-cost sensors—is the example of an alarm clock smart enough to read your daily schedule, review the latest traffic and weather reports and then communicate this information to your coffee maker in such a way that you’ll be able to maximize your sleep while still getting to work on time with a piping hot cup of java in your hands. This vision of the future is entirely possible but it sells short the true potential of the Internet of Things (IoT). A more comprehensive vision is one where a world of inexpensive sensors—embedded in your eating utensils, pajamas, mattress and home lighting system, etc.—work in concert to monitor and measure everything from your diet to your sleep behavior, and then use this information to modify your future actions in beneficial ways.