Jason Hope makes his living as an entrepreneur in the modern tech economy. However, his real job is to be an evangelist, and the cause that he espouses is the Internet of Things.
The Internet of Things refers to the concept, simple in theory but deeply complex in practice, of connecting all the useful devices in the world. Our lives are filled with appliances, accoutrements and household conveniences, and it is quite possible to enable them all with simple network controls that can both report their condition and control them remotely. By attaching the thermostats, water heaters, coffee makers, refrigerators and et cetera of modern life to our computer system, we make it possible to live more comfortably and efficiently than previous generations could ever have dreamed. The simple application of information technology to everyday life is having remarkable effects on our lives, and Mr. Hope has been a big part of bringing it to us.
There is no great secret to how the ongoing combination of internet technology and consumer products will affect us, only ongoing discoveries that no one could have foreseen. Mr. Hope is trying to bring that future closer just a little bit faster. Many enormous corporations have already heard what he is saying, and their responses have been remarkable. The Cisco Corporation, for example, are well-known manufacturers of wireless routers and other network ports. They have recently invested $1.4 billion into technology underlying the Internet of Things. Silicon Labs have also released a variety of IoT-enabled products, and the marketplace responded by bringing them much higher sales than they had projected. Hope believes that these investments will be richly rewarded, and soon. As this network of internet-sensitive devices grows to surrounding us, we will be able to interact with our technological world more intuitively than ever. The companies that provide the infrastructure for this network will certainly profit.