What to Do With Bad IoT Data

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The discussion of dealing with bad data is coming up now because it’s obvious that many of our devices now rely on the IoT / Photo by: Antonio Guillem via 123RF

 

As technology keeps on advancing, every little piece of tech is becoming more connected. But if we’re not careful enough, these connections might just be the problems that will plague us more in the future.

 

The internet of things (IoT), at this point, is slowly and steadily gaining quiet advantage over our devices, our cars, and everything in between. Even organizations are turning to technology to try and source information to better understand their clientele. Our modern technology itself is also capable of making its own algorithm-based decisions.

 

Sounds foolproof, right? Not quite.

 

Data can be corruptible and can even undergo unwanted change. If that happens, who would we have to blame?

 

As reported by Network World, the discussion of dealing with bad data is coming up now because it’s obvious that many of our devices now rely on the IoT. Glitches are all well and good when it’s just your phone failing to send the right signals to fetch that one piece of work email, but it’s another thing entirely when bad data becomes the culprit for the erroneous “stolen” report from the Hertz rental.

 

In other companies that will prioritize IoT, something similar might happen as well. So if this is a non-entity problem and is handled by a supposedly “perfect” computer, who will take the fall when it does fail?

 

According to Network World, the course of action to take right now is to get the government involved in regulation. That much can be seen with Rep. Bob Latta suggesting an act that aims to get ahead of the IoT advancements by tasking the Commerce Department to report for the House Energy Committee every two years about the industry.

 

It's well-intentioned, but for that, the government would have to actually pass the bill if they want to catch up with IoT's very fast growth.