What is ambient computing and why does it matter to you?

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Ambient computing is a term that we are hearing more often lately. But what is it and why does it matter?
To understand ambient computing we must first understand the Internet of Things (IoT). IoT refers to the interconnected array of computing devices, objects, and machines with unique identifiers that are capable of transferring data over a network without human-to-human or human-to-computer interaction.

IoT is becoming a normal part of our infrastructure. As with many technologies, it is becoming the "invisible" and supportive backdrop to our daily lives, helping us to accomplish various tasks in various settings.
The IoT is comprised of devices of varying complexities and equally varied purposes. IoT devices can be internet-connected home appliances, intelligent surveillance in the community, wearable devices, smart cars, smart home speakers and more.
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By 2020 there is expected to be a three-fold increase in IoT devices to 34 billion far surpassing a human population of 7.5 billion. There will be nearly five times more intelligent machines engulfing and supporting human communities than there will be people.

Companies like Microsoft, Google, Samsung, Apple and Amazon are investing in this next phase of computing which is the foundation and infrastructure for ambient computing.

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