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Imagine the havoc that could be visited upon the unsuspecting smart home owner. The washing machine runs amok, the fridge kicks off, the alarm sounds in the middle of the night. This is a scenario to avoid, says Semiconuctor Engineering:

The growth in the semiconductor industry over the past years has been driven heavily by the storage and compute needs on smartphones, computers, servers and data centers. These conventional drivers are set to change. New-age technologies like big data, artificial intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT) will fuel the demand for the future growth in semiconductors. Not only is IoT assisting in new developments in technology, with the help of AI and big data, it is also enabling us to access data in real-time. This real-time data has helped to improve key processes within homes, moving toward a ‘smart’ and more efficient society.

A good example of IoT, big data and AI working together is in the smart home. The big data collected from sensors on smart washing machines enables AI to make decisions based on potential issues or maintenance work that needs to be fixed, and as a result the owner is aware well in advance of any technical issues that may need to be addressed. But one thing is certain—if you can’t trust the data, there’s no point in collecting, analyzing and making decisions based on it. Security in the post computer era must be foundational to the device and must be layered in and viewed as a primary design goal, rather than a tertiary afterthought.

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