Before we discuss connected and cognitive IoT, let us first what IoT actually means? The IoT, Internet of Things, is a system of interconnected devices like computers, vehicles, machines, and buildings embedded with sensors, softwares and other electronics that enable them to collect and exchange data without extra human interference.
IoT was initially developed to translate the physical industrial world to digitized information with the help of various sensors and the Internet. The aim was to gather all the sensor’s data in the hope of automating the processes. And today we have seen several such examples of automated processes run under IoT. And all this was done in 10 short years bringing imagination and concepts to reality.
IoT is developing fast and very rapidly. Surveys predict that by 2020, there will more than 29 billion connected IoT devices. A report from 2016 said that currently, we use 12.4 billion IoT devices in our daily life. Thus, you can see how the big the jump is. And it all because the future of connected IoT is cognitive IoT.
By cognitive, we mean that the devices would be programmed by the human thought and perception system. Instead of working on given instructions to prescribed scenarios, the device would be stimulated to think, experience and implement working according the knowledge it has gained in the past and even learn from it. All these without an iota of human intervention.
In today’s world, we throw any 90 percent of the information that the sensors gather for a variety of reasons. With cognitive systems, 80 percent of this “unstructured data” as scientists call it can be made use of. And we may have delivered some part of this future by Artificial Intelligence (Al).
Among the many things, that cognitive combined IoT devices can deliver are full human engagements, hand on experts, enhanced inventions and discovery, and increased working and functioning. According to IBM reports, there are a large number of situations that Cognitive IoT can deliver a big contrast.
The main motive of Internet of things is to make our lives as simpler as possible and associate us more to the physical world. And cognitive thinking can help us to delve deeper in this with sentient tools that adds imagination and perception to machines. This new future of IoT will walk us further in the depths and innovations that we are still unaware of. This is the new future for all of us.