17 things about the IoT

It’s come to this: a Buzzfeed-style “listicle” about the Internet of Things. Seventeen “stunning” things you never knew about the IoT. But I bet you actually know at least 12 of them.

1. In 2008, there were already more “things” connected to the Internet than people. By 2020, the amount of Internet-connected things will reach 50 billion, with $19 trillion in profits and cost savings coming from IoT over the next decade, according to Cisco Systems .
2. Knowledge of the Internet of Things is growing slowly. Right now, about half of Americans don’t know that smart thermostats and smart refrigerators are already on the market.
3. With the latest Internet address standard (IPv6), there are enough Internet addresses for every atom on the Earth , according to Cisco. Meaning that companies can build a lot of small devices that connect to the Internet without running out of IP addresses.

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