The Internet of Things (IoT) is an essential building block of Technocracy. The original Technocracy Study Course, written in 1934, specified requirements for implementation:
- “Provide a continuous inventory of all production and consumption
- “Provide a specific registration of the type, kind, etc., of all goods and services, where produced and where used
- “Provide specific registration of the consumption of each individual, plus a record and description of the individual.” [Scott, Howard et al, Technocracy Study Course, p. 232]
With modern technology, this is only achievable through the IoT, which has more recently been termed the “Internet of Everything” (IoE) to include humans among the inanimate “things”.
The “market” for IoE is immense. Devices are proliferating but connectivity to all those devices is struggling to keep up.
According to Brian Wang at NextBigFuture,
With the number of IoT devices set to more than double over the next four years to 30 billion, it’s evident that demand for increased connectivity will continue to outstrip supply. However, as always, necessity is the mother of invention, and it’s savvy entrepreneurs who are stepping up to fill the gap. Nodle is a blockchain project aiming to scale IoT connectivity exponentially by creating a vast network based on a device that has become ubiquitous for most people – the smartphone.
With the high energy requirements for WiFi connections, one company, Nodle, is staking its future on the use of smartphones and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) to build a global network that conceptually could enable the so-called “Hive Mind” seen in science fiction movies.
According to Nodle, it is “a wireless network connecting and securing the next trillion Internet of Things (IoT) using smartphones and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE).” When you download and run their app on your smartphone, Bluetooth scans your surroundings for other Bluetooth-enabled IoT devices, connects to them and silently connects them to Nodle’s global network, allowing for data to be exchanged.
If security concerns you, given that there is no password access to IoT devices, Nodle uses a blockchain scheme where all transactions are identified and encrypted according to your universal ID that it assigns. However, this would not prevent IoT devices from being independently hacked, providing a convenient conduit back into your smartphone.
It is unlikely that Nodle will change the world of IoT to a large extent, but it demonstrates the wide-spread development efforts of Technocrats to fulfill the oft-stated adage, “whatever can be connected, will be connected”.