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The Pew Research Center recently asked nearly 12,000 people - selected Internet experts and members of the US public - to predict how the network of connected devices, sensors and electronics known as the "Internet of things" might affect their lives.
They raised two major concerns: first, that consumers will need to actively protect the data generated by their devices, and second, that the Internet of things might create a "digital divide" between the tech-savvy and new users.
Of the 12,000 people canvassed by Pew, about 1,900 responded. They were asked whether they thought the Internet of things would have widespread and beneficial effects on the everyday lives of the public by 2025 (83 per cent said yes), what potential barriers to adoption are, and where the commercial and social applications would be, among other open-ended questions.
The Internet of things has attracted interest from tech giants such as Cisco, Intel and General Electric, which have all dedicated business units to developing the sensors and processing the data the network would generate."