Greg Satell: Here's How The Internet of Things Is Transforming Industries You Would Never Think Of

I was eleven years old when my family got its first computer in 1981. It didn't do much. Mostly, I used it for writing reports for school and playing video games. My dad also ran some spreadsheets to help him run his business, but for the most part, the family computer was something us kids spent time with.

Things hadn't changed much by the early 1990's when I started working, either. Computers were mainly tools for automating secretarial tasks, not for professional work. Economist Robert Solow observed around that time, "You can see the computer age everywhere but in the productivity statistics."