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Blog // Connect Michigan

The Potential of the Internet of Things

By Wil Payton

The Internet of Things (IoT) is considered the next evolutionary phase in connecting our digital world, ensuring machines and assorted devices can “talk” to each other and make decisions with limited human interaction. In 1999, Kevin Ashton, executive director of the Auto-ID Center at MIT, became noted for being the first to use the term the Internet of Things in a presentation he made to Procter & Gamble. Subsequently, the term has taken a life of its own on websites, in research papers, books. and other publications. Below is an excerpt from Ashton’s presentation: “Today computers -- and, therefore, the Internet -- are almost wholly...

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