By Drew TurneyThe following is an excerpt from the article “The Internet of [Temporary] Things”, which appears in the current edition of Cosmos magazine. To subscribe, click here. You’ve heard of the Internet of Things (IoT), where a sensor is put into every tool, device, computer or machine from a mobile right up to a factory? Billions of readings from millions of microchips report on the performance of computers, planes, server farms, fridges, energy plants, lamps and everything in between. And, according to market intelligence firm IHS Markit, the number of IoT devices will balloon to over 125 billion by 2030.The last boundary of data collection is from non-silicon-based systems like clothes, food, the environment or even our own bodies. Welcome to the Internet of Disposable Things (IoDT), where temporary or ultra-cheap sensors are embedded or affixed to any number of inexpensive media that aren’t computer-based.Pretty much everything in…



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