In Brief

A network of connected devices will soon be searchable, allowing us to explore our world further.

Early next year, all the disparate connected devices measuring and recording conditions in tiny areas around the world – the “Internet of Things” – will be searchable thanks to a Google-like engine called Thingful. You can get an idea of the size of this network by looking at Thingful’s world map, which is gorgeous but will probably be too small to be legible in most areas before long. Though the benefit of this Search Engine of Things to the average individual may not immediately be palpable, the idea is that the data will simply become available to anyone – not necessarily what conclusions will immediately be drawn from it.

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