If you think the IoT is a new thing, think again. The term Internet of Things has been around since the late 1990s. Devices other than computers and phones have been connecting to the Internet for decades. Neither the concept nor the substance of the IoT is very novel.
Yet it has been only in the past couple of years that the IoT has become such a big deal. Why?
A large part of the answer is that the IoT is based on, complements or extends other highly influential technological trends that shape the way we compute today. Those trends include:
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