That is soon going to change thanks to the multinational technology company Apple and their official patent US 8,996,619.
“An instant message is communicated from a controller device to a target device. The instant message includes a command and one or more optional parameters associated with the command. Upon authentication and validation of the instant message and the command (and any optional parameters), the command is executed.”
– David W. McKnight et al.
Apple gives an example application for this patent, mentioning the ability to control teleconference devices through your smartphone, but in all likelihood it won’t stop there. Teleconferencing is only the beginning.
Instead of machines merely communicating with other machines via the Internet of Things, Apple’s patent helps establish what is known as the Internet of Everything. Most people don’t even realize that there’s a large body of communication taking place all around them, simply because they’re not a part of the conversation. This patent by Apple, however, could finally change that. As humans and machines become more closely interconnected, it will be important to create a baseline of communication between the two. IM won’t suffice in the long-term, but it’s certainly a necessary step towards audible communication and, eventually, brain-to-brain communication – techno-telepathy!
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