IoT The Internet of Things: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly for Seniors

Dear Miss Avon: What is the good, the bad, the ugly of IoT for seniors (Internet of Things)?  TEM Talks Tech Education Moment Blog #54

The Good: IoT is terrific for seniors during the current season of social distancing communications and such.  IoT can help seniors to stay healthier and self-sufficient longer. That is, for seniors who have access, know how, and will use IoT technology.

The Bad:   There are still major Digital Divide issues in many homes where seniors do not have Wi-Fi connectivity, up-to-date Internet devices, or someone competent and patient enough to show them how to install and/or use IoT gadgetry.

The Ugly: There are still significant numbers of seniors with trust issues when it comes to using IoT technology, especially for banking and bill paying.

The internet of things is collecting and sharing data over the Internet by adding sensors and intelligence to ordinary, everyday objects to make the objects smart. This could include water bottles that tell you how much water you drank today, toothbrushes that measure mouth cleanliness, refrigerators that order restock supplies for you; telemedicine monitoring shoes, socks, and watches; self-driving and conversational lawnmowers, trucks, and cars.