In other words, it's quickly becoming the military-industrial-people tracking complex. UK's the Daily Mail explains (my bold)
When people download a film from Netflix to a flatscreen, or turn on web radio, they could be alerting unwanted watchers to exactly what they are doing and where they are.
Spies will no longer have to plant bugs in your home – the rise of ‘connected’ gadgets controlled by apps will mean that people ‘bug’ their own homes, says CIA director David Petraeus.
The CIA claims it will be able to ‘read’ these devices via the internet – and perhaps even via radio waves from outside the home.
Everything from remote controls to clock radios can now be controlled via apps – and chip company ARM recently unveiled low-powered, cheaper chips which will be used in everything from fridges and ovens to doorbells.
The resultant chorus of ‘connected’ gadgets will be able to be read like a book – and even remote-controlled, according to CIA CIA Director David Petraeus....
‘Transformational’ is an overused word, but I do believe it properly applies to these technologies,’ said Petraeus.
. . . ‘Items of interest will be located, identified, monitored, and remotely controlled through technologies such as radio-frequency identification, sensor networks, tiny embedded servers, and energy harvesters - all connected to the next-generation internet using abundant, low-cost, and high-power computing.’
'Particularly to their effect on clandestine tradecraft. Items of interest will be located, identified, monitored, and remotely controlled through technologies such as radio-frequency identification, sensor networks, tiny embedded servers, and energy harvesters - all connected to the next-generation internet using abundant, low-cost, and high-power computing.'
Petraeus was speaking to a venture capital firm about new technologies which aim to add processors and web connections to previously 'dumb' home appliances such as fridges, ovens and lighting systems.
This week, one of the world's biggest chip companies, ARM, has unveiled a new processor built to work inside 'connected' white goods.
The ARM chips are smaller, lower-powered and far cheaper than previous processors - and designed to add the internet to almost every kind of electrical appliance.
It's a concept described as the 'internet of things'.
According to ARM Holdings web site:
ARM’s strategy is for our technology to continue to gain share in long-term structural growth markets such as mobile phones, consumer electronics and embedded digital devices. To date, ARM has licensed its technology nearly 850 times to nearly 300 ARM partners, who have shipped over 30 billion ARM-based chips.
According to ARM's annual report, ARM has achieved a more than 95% penetration of mobile handsets.
And then the report says:
As ARM’s technology becomes increasingly applicable, this same level of penetration is possible in other application areas...
Our Partners are planning to develop chips for a broad range of end-markets from the simplest of microcontrollers to the most advanced mobile computers. These include:
• Deeply embedded products such as automotive applications, embedded computers, microcontrollers, sensors and smartcards;
• Enterprise applications such as networking and storage;
• Smart consumer devices such as digital TVs, mobile phones and mobile computers.The annual report also says that Microsoft announced that the next version of Windows 8 will run on ARM processor.based chips. They also announced that Microsoft's other PC products, such as Office and Internet Explorer would support the ARM architecture.
And that Google announced that Chrome OS will soon be available for ARM processor.based chips, to enable lower power and smaller form.factor computing devices.
They have us surrounded.