January 14, 2013, 1:24 PM —
The annual gadget orgy known as the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) wrapped up this week in Las Vegas, leaving us with visions of a brilliant future of intelligent devices dancing in our head.
But there's a lot of reason to be skeptical of a future in which smart devices of every shape and size do our thinking for us. Here are five good reasons that nirvana promised by the Internet of Things might well turn out to be rather hellish.
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Was it a coincidence that, at the very moment the marketing folks in Las Vegas were trumpeting the amazing, convenient future that will be brought to us once everything is 'web-connected,' security experts were screaming from the rooftops about crippling and stealthy attacks spreading over the Web? I'm talking, of course, about the news of a critical security hole affecting even fully patched installations of Oracle's Java technology - a common platform that runs on 1.1 billion desktops, 3 billion mobile phones and powers everything from web cams to car navigation systems to medical devices.