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Imagine this scenario: you’re at the supermarket and you can’t remember if you need eggs or not. Luckily, you have an Egg Minder, which syncs with your smartphone to tell you how many eggs you have left. This is a great example of how the “Internet of Things” will change how we live. By connecting devices, appliances and just about anything else, we can get a better sense of how we operate, creating actionable data that can then be used to increase efficiency. It’s all about being smarter, and it’s going to be big business (see Google’s acquisition of Nest for $3.2 billion). Of course living in a hyper-connected world is not without its challenges. There are privacy concerns abound and questions about what happens if the Internet of Things suddenly goes offline. But, one thing does seem to be a certainty: you’ll never need a shopping list again.