May 31

Global telecom company, Ericsson, recently predicted that by the year 2020 there will be about 50 billion mobile Internet connections, worldwide.

And the world’s population is predicted to be approximately 7.7 billion in 2020.

So it doesn’t take a rocket scientist (inside joke) to predict that each person on the planet will, on average, be connected to the Internet by well over six mobile devices.

We’re not just talking about pockets full of smartphones.

The quantum jump, according to Ericsson and many others, will be the explosive growth of machine-to-machine (M2M) communications.  That is, portable electronic devices, automobiles, traffic-control systems, dozens of home appliances, and more, all connected through the Internet…and large-scale wireless connectivity.  Many of the devices will be interacting with each other, at thousands of times a second, without you even knowing it.

Think of it a massive data-communications environment, invisible to the naked eye, and as ubiquitous as the air we breathe.  And continually interacting with our daily life.

Welcome to the autonomous, interconnected world.  It’s just around the corner.

Computer illustration of Internet connectivity by the The Opte Project