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The Future of the Internet of Things

This is a guest blog post from MIT Professional Education’s Internet of Things: Roadmap to a Connected World course instructor, Professor Sanjay Sarma.

What if every car, dishwasher, and light switch was connected to the internet?

There are already about 10 billion connected things – and that number will increase exponentially in the coming years. The Internet of Things (IoT) – a network of objects that are embedded with electronics that enables them to collect and exchange data – is fast becoming the next technology evolution.

Limitless Possibilities, Endless Challenges

IoT is bound to impact nearly every aspect of our lives. In fact, I encourage you to look around and try to figure out where the IoT won’t be. Will the chair you’re sitting in ever be connected to the Internet? Maybe not, but perhaps a hospital CEO who wants to better track patients and staff will consider the potential.

With more than 6.4 billion connected “things” in use worldwide this year, it’s important for professionals who are trying to think about the future of their companies learn the fundamentals of IOT.

To help you stay abreast of new developments in IOT, MIT Professional Education is introducing a brand-new online course, Internet of Things: Roadmap to a Connected World.

Making its debut on April 12, this digital course provides a roadmap to IoT technologies, solutions, standards, and regulation. Designed for technical professionals and managers looking to leverage IOT across all industries, this innovative, six-week, online course examines the new IoT research, architectures, and applications that are transforming the way we live and work.

I will be leading this course along with 11 other faculty members including Daniela Rus, Director of MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL); and Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web. Together, we will provide participants with a comprehensive overview of existing and emerging core technologies – and explain how to apply them to the real world.

My colleagues and I helped launch the research effort that laid some of the groundwork for the Internet of Things. Now, I invite you to join us as we explore the future of IoT in the Internet of Things: Roadmap to a Connected World course. (Registration ends April 19th)