Epiphany from Social Media Week
The evening began with examples of the rising Internet of Things, gradually demonstrating how the internet is in everything (or soon will be).
We then discussed how effective socialisation, and the growing influence of the cloud, means that the internet is also all around us.
Via the data that the Internet of Things can harvest, it is essentially all-knowing.
Its ability to influence the behaviour of any object it touches (including our own) could be described as a kind of omnipotence.
At one point in our discussion, we even considered whether devices created within the Internet of Things, because of the potential for autonomous behaviour, need to be given legal status to protect the liabilities of the designer. In a legal sense, the Internet could even give life to things.
So if the internet is in everything, surrounds everything, is all-knowing and omnipotent and can even create 'life', then by most common definitions, it must be god?
You may point out that the internet is not all-loving, but with 1 in 5 couples in the UK now meeting online, even that may be less true as time goes on.