Originally posted April 21, 2014 at 9:00 am PST on Cisco's perspectives section of their blog
"So how does a street light and the IoT cure cancer? It doesn’t…"
The IoT and a street light lack the human element, which is a key element in the Internet of Everything (IoE). Imagine that we add the human element to our street lights and sacrifice a day of energy efficiency a week to an army of smart street lights. Each light would be capable of comparing several sets of cancer protein data while normally sitting idle. I’ve only used street lights as an example, but as all of our household devices become smarter, we can just as easily designate all of the idle processing power in our homes for cancer research while we sleep. We will soon see a day where we no longer donate money to cancer research, but instead donate idle CPU cycles. Until then, I will download this mobile app and get a good night’s sleep while my phone helps to cure cancer.