Inc. reports this month that machine-to-machine (M2M) connections soon will "rock the Internet."
M2M refers to automated devices—instead of people—connecting to the Web.
Devices like cars, major appliances and industial equipment.
In fact, there are already more machines than people using the networks run by AT&T and Verizon, according to Inc.
"For people, the conveniences are limitless: empty pill bottles that request their own prescription refills with the drug store, tracking devices for lost pets, cars that upload the latest engine diagnostics to the service department before actually going to the service department, etc."
M2M data mining is also coming our way.
"Forget spam," Inc. warns. "Your biggest worry to come won't be the latest phishing scam. More likely, it will be something like your refrigerator or home alarm system ratting you out to marketing companies."