May 16 2014   7:59PM GMT

Wearable tech: Today’s disruptors, tomorrow’s new normal

Fran Sales Fran Sales Profile: Fran Sales

Digital strategy
Internet of Things
Net Neutrality
Wearable devices

Fasten those DeLorean seatbelts: Activity-tracking chip implants and other forms of wearable tech are coming to a future near you, according to a recent survey of IT insiders. And, even better, without the chaotic, dystopian overtones of the might-have-been future Marty McFly stumbled upon in Back to the Future.

Findings from a Pew Internet Project survey show that users view the rapidly expanding role of Internet-connected things in their environment in a positive light. The report, with data collected from 1,606 IT experts, analysts and other stakeholders, indicates that a majority of the participants agree that, by 2025, the increasingly ubiquitous Internet of Things (IoT) will have “widespread and beneficial effects” in our society — and that it will be so deeply integrated into our daily lives as to become “like electricity.”

Among the places survey respondents expected these sensorized technologies to manifest themselves: our bodies, homes, communities and the environment, as well as the goods and services industry. And expect a lot of them. The study also projects 50 billion devices by 2020 in the shape of “phones, sensors, chips, implants and devices of which we have not conceived,” states Patrick Tucker, expert respondent and author of The Naked Future: What Happens in a World That Anticipates Your Every Move?

So what’s this mean for CIOs and other IT execs? Consider this another business disruptor that, like the connected car for the auto insurance industry, both offers opportunities and creates challenges.

Other tech news causing a buzz this week: FCC approves proposal allowing for the possibility of paid priority on the Net; New York Times ouster of Jill Abramson leaves the challenge of digital strategy to new executive editor Dean Baquet; text providers start rollout of text-to-911 program; and more.

Read all about ’em over at Searchlight!

Marty McFly, Back to the Future, hoverboard, Michael J. Fox

“Great Scott! It must be 2025!” [Credit:]

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