“Never trust anything that can think for itself if you can’t see where it keeps its brain”- JK Rowling (through Molly Weasley in Harry Potter and the chamber of secrets)

 

Before I start selling Internet of Things as a concept, as a service (IoTaaS), or just as an empty side-note exhibition to bolster some other offering, the more I dig deep and reach wide, the more I get convinced this is far bigger a revolution than the World Wide Web or the internet revolution. We are all hyping it up. Some are detracting and diminishing as they always do. Most are embracing it with all they have. I realise I belong to the second category.

Anything with the potential of subtle or obvious all-pervasiveness and ubiquity and which interacts with and influences all the levels of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs brings about a revolution.

Let’s think on a tangent. Not only does Internet of Things interact with and influence all levels of Maslow’s hierarchy, it can itself be mapped to it. In this blog, I will try and present my understanding on:

  1. How can IoT as a concept be mapped to Maslow’s hierarchy of needs (MHoN)
  2. How IoT interacts with and influences it.

How can IoT as a concept be mapped to Maslow’s hierarchy of needs

    

 

In my opinion, the Maslow’s hierarchy of needs should be plotted as follows:

These needs are not only a progressive set from physiological to self-actualisation stages but also nested on a continuous mode as shown above. Let me map this to IoT and explain it together. If we try and map the above diagram to IoT as an entity, it will look as follows. I will try and explain what each word means and why it is pertinent to the IoT architecture.

 

 

 

Before we move on to the second stage, it is important to know the phases of an IoT system. The following figure gives a simplistic view of how the data flows from the Thing outwards to integrate. Once the analysis is done and decisions are made, the commands for action for the actuator to perform flow back.

 

 

 

 

And with all this, security will be the most booming market. This I will start covering in small blogs in the subsequent blogs. This nagging thought still keeps me awake at night. If I won’t know who is thinking for me and where is it keeping its brain, what, when, who, and how will I decide to trust.

“Never trust anything that can think for itself if you can’t see where it keeps its brain”- JK Rowling (through Molly Weasley in Harry Potter and the chamber of secrets)