This is the first in a series of 12 planned stories focusing on technology in West Michigan. The series is published by Rapid Growth Media and sponsored by OST.
As the human race continues to expand, its technological grasp is accelerating at the same pace, if not faster.
In the last few decades, we've essentially brought an entire planet within reach of a handheld device, we've taught machines to learn from each other, and we've given ourselves access to more information than our ancestors could ever dream of. From an outside perspective, technological advances like the internet may seem like magic. To those who study its potential, designing new ways for humanity to experience the world around us, it may as well be.
Among the most popular emerging technologies today, one area in particular is focused on connecting us, digitally, with more and more of the physical world around us. The Internet of Things (IoT) is an evolving platform that devices, machines, and some of the simplest physical objects use to sense, collect, analyze, and exchange data while being connected to the web. It extends the reach of our experience, and to local connector and practicing wizard of the digital age, Laurel Stanley, it's the natural evolution of technology.