Re: 7 Emerging Technologies IT Should Study Now
I'm definitely getting a laugh out of all the hatred for 'fog computing' here in the comments. Now, it's no secret that our industry is bloated with unnecessary buzzwords and impenetrable jargon, but it's often surprising and hilarious which straws break the camels back and which ones we're willing to tolerate. I think I get the idea here; We're talking about environments where access to a traditional cloud would either be unavailable, prohibitively slow, or just not well-suited to the task at hand. This could be someone's home, or also in all kinds of field-operations type environments - think on a boat. Instead, an ad-hoc network is created between local devices to process most of the data and communications between themselves and, if possible, only send what's absolutely necessary back to the/a data center.
This has big implications for IoT and the standards coming up there, Like Charlie is saying, and we had a similar interesting discussion in the comments of Curt Franklin's article about IoT building blocks from the other day, which also ties it back to lots of the other technologies on this list. That data needs to be encrypted in transit without the need for human intervention, especially for, say, a biometrics scanner. The battery life also plays a big role when all the devices are relying on one another to get the job done. All of this can help ease the burden on wireless broadband networks - because, no matter what innovations we come up with, we're talking about a limited amount of spectrum. Robots in the workplace (as described here) are obviously still a little more hypothetical at this point, but there's nothing wrong with having a little fun with a list like this.