While it is not universally accepted wisdom, there is a growing sense that artificial intelligence will supersede human intelligence at some point during the next 100 years. This will ultimately see technology supersede nature as the dominant global force and change the social landscape beyond all recognition.

Although the merits of this can be debated at length, there is little doubt that humans are becoming increasingly integrated with technology and its leading innovations. The so-called ‘Internet of Things’ provides the best embodiment of this concept, as this refers to the idea of creating connectivity between the virtual and corporeal worlds and blurring the lines between two very distinct realms.

How will the Internet of Things benefit Businesses?

The basic technology behind this concept already exists, and all that is required is for this to be harnessed and refined by service providers. If you consider the way in which car ignition keys and locking systems can already be operated by Bluetooth connectivity, it requires only a small leap to imagine corporeal devices being controlled by an online tool or mobile application. The potential of this technology is huge, while it also offers significant benefits to businesses of all sizes. For example: –

  1. Assume Remote Control of your Business

Managing a business can be difficult enough at the best of times, although it is even harder if you have multiple store fronts or locations to oversee. The technology behind the Internet of Things will ease this burden, however, as it affords business owners and managers remote control of their venture and its individual elements. On a similar note, there will also be an opportunity for entrepreneurs to control their energy consumption remotely, as advanced connectivity makes it possible to operate radiators and heating systems across a range of locations. This has the potential to both improve efficiency and reduce costs, which is crucial for small businesses with limited resources.

  1. Eliminate Human Error

According to a report by BI intelligence, the number of devices using the Internet of Things is estimated at a just under 2 billion. By 2018, this figure is expected to rise to 9 billion, as the technology continues to be refined and sophisticated to include new applications. Over time, businesses will be able to integrate this technology and gradually reduce human error, as everything from simple appliances to complex manufacturing equipment can be operated remotely and according to an online program of software. Backed by reliable servers and a capable Internet connection, these programs can remotely manage process and drive efficiency over time.

  1. Connect Individual Departments within your Business

On a personal note, the UK government have already discussed using the Internet of Things to create connectivity between various public agencies and improve the service that they deliver. This same principle can be applied by business owners, who may be able to establish a remote and real-time connection between the individual departments within their company. By creating a remote link between logistics management systems and a commercial fleet, for example, efficient routes can be pre-planned and altered according to factors such as adverse weather or traffic reports. This information can also be shared with other departments, which means that alternative departments can remain informed and instruct their partners if necessary.