It's an honorable position, and a necessary one, but knowing that anything and everything Internet-connected can and will be hacked, this will be a neverending battle. And when your doors, windows and other household items are at stake, we'll all likely be at the center of it.
IoT could turn into Big Brother, but that's up to us
But before even worrying about security, more conversations need to happen regarding exactly how far down this rabbit hole we want to go. Jawbone CEO Hossain Rahman talked at length about what will be possible in the age of IoT on the Samsung keynote stage.
Namely, Rahman talked of how biometrics through fitness trackers could extend from exercise out to tracking how the media we consume affects our sleep health. It's scenarios like this that are bound to be divisive for consumers, but Rahman was keen to alleviate those concerns. "It's not just about the data. It's about getting the results that people want," Rahman said.
And that's exactly right. The Internet of Things will only be as powerful as we, the consumers, allow it be. No one is forcing IoT upon us, and that's the beauty of it: we have the power to shape exactly what IoT becomes and how deeply it affects our lives by simply voting with our dollar.
Samsung's Jetsons dreams will soon come true
Yoon wasn't all talk during his keynote, hinting at real work that's being done within Samsung to make IoT a reality right now.
"We are working on a sensor that can detect up to 20 different smells," Yoon teased of Samsung's ePOP and Bio Processors. "We also are working on three dimensional sensors that can detect the tiniest of movements."
Of course, that's in addition to Samsung's new smart TVs, omnidirectional smart speakers and it's Gear S smartwatch integration with BMW cars. "All of this technology is something that will be available later this year," Yoon teased.
"I've analyzed every turn since I was a young engineer, but every change is nothing compared to what is to come ahead."
The Internet of Things raises more questions now than it provides solutions. Now, it's up to companies like Samsung and organizations like the Foundation of Economic Trends to come up with the answers along with the technology.