March 01, 2016

The Transformative Power of the Internet of Things

We are in the early stages of a new technological revolution, where everyday objects, such as our appliances, cars, medical devices, and wearables, are communicating with us and with each other. In 2010, for the first time in history, the number of devices connected to the Internet outnumbered the number of humans. By 2020, it is expected that the number of connected devices will have grown dramatically, with some estimating that there will be 50 billion connected devices, or approximately six devices per human on the planet. This issue of The SciTech Lawyer focuses on this fast-emerging technological development, which has been called the “Internet of Things” (IoT). The Section’s theme this year is “The Dawn of a New Era: Navigating Our Brave New World in Science and Technology Law Today and Beyond,” and the explosion of IoT devices in our world is a great example of an emerging technological development with broad ramifications for all of us. Law360 very recently identified IoT as the number one new practice area.

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