Ubiquitous Computing and Social Technologies

Part 1: Define the term “ubiquitous computing.” 

Ubiquitous computing is where we are connected and interacting with our environment in an inconspicuous way.

What are the personal/social costs and benefits of ubiquitous computing. Provide examples.

I personally use ubiquitous computing from the moment I wake up in the morning to when I go to sleep at night. I use a Google Home devices connects to my lights to automatically start turning on in the morning. The sensor in my watch let’s me know if I’ve been sitting too long, how many steps I’ve taken and even monitors my heart rate. My car has various sensors, to let me know if I need an oil change, if one of my tires are flat, or if I need more windshield wiper fluid (which, if I’m being perfectly honest, is dumb since if it was empty, no fluid would come out anyway). My printer monitors the ink levels and contacts HP when it gets too low so that they can ship out a new cartridge. 

However, some of the challenges to ubiquitous computing are as follows:

  • Since the information gathered are extremely detailed, it’s use will have ethical implications.
  • Connectivity standards still need to be developed to incorporate a wide range of devices and applications.
  • Privacy and security: the need to differentiate user data from another, prevent the injection of false data to a device while also making it difficult and/or impossible to steal another user’s data.

Part 2: Discuss what is meant by the “Internet of Things (IoT).” 

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a system of connecting ordinary objects, that have unique identifiers (such and RFID chips), to the internet.

What are the advantages it promises? 

According to https://www.javatpoint.com, here are some of the advantages to IoT:

  • Makes resources more efficient
  • Minimizes human interaction
  • Saves time
  • Better data collection
  • Improves security

What are some of the potential pitfalls?

Some of the disadvantages to IoT are:

  • Security
  • Privacy
  • Complexity


Advantages and Disadvantages of (IoT). (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.javatpoint.com/iot-advantage-and-disadvantage