The Internet of Everything


Xander Riley

Jonathan Beck, sr., can often be seen working in Schmuecker’s MacLab. As an administrator, he’s often working on computers and networks and things that most people don’t understand.

“I have been interested in computers since I was young, and I’ve been working on them since I was young, and I really enjoy managing networks and servers,” Beck said.

According to Beck, this is something that largely comes naturally to him, which is good because Kennedy does not offer many classes on that particular subject. However, he has taken classes that are available, such as Computer Graphics, Web Design, and Multimedia.

Beck has been an administrator in the MacLab since halfway through freshman year, and he’s enjoyed it so much that he says he’s going to major in computer science and networking.

He also commented on a concept being developed by Cisco called the Internet of Everything. According to an article by CNET, this concept would allow a much greater amount of devices to be connected to the internet, including cars, thermostats, even dog collars.

Beck said that if this concept was available, he would connect most if not all of his devices, and he explained a situation in which one could make use of this.

“If you wanted to change the temperature in your house, you could just pull out your phone and use the app [to change the temperature],” Beck said. This example demonstrates why some feel that this concept would be a good thing.

When CNET interviewed Cisco’s CEO, John Chambers, he said that in 1984, there were only 1,000 devices connected to the internet, but in 2010, there were 10 billion. He also predicted that by 2020, there will be 50 billion.

In the same article, Chambers also commented that 2014 will likely be a pivotal year for this concept, because there will be more and more devices being connected to the internet.

So in a world where everything is networked and connected, people like Jonathan Beck who are doing networking and computers now may have a jump on the rest of us.