When I watch TV (and am not PVR-ing through all of the
commercials, which is most of the time), I started to notice an
awful trend. It seems that there are a huge amount of ads aimed at
making us lazy and even keeping us that way (such as: “Don’t
exercise or eat well, just take this pill”). On a side note,
there are also way too many ads for fast food, which since they are
in HD and they are aired during “peak snacking hours”, I find it
incredibly cruel! While I laugh at many of these ads, I
realize that to a certain extent, M2M is adding to the problem of
In a past blog post, I wrote how M2M solutions may
actually reduce our safety, as we both become
too reliant on them (I actually quoted the movie “Top Gun”, in how
many of our skilled people were losing their “dog-fighting
skills”), and how using M2M solutions COULD cause some companies to
use the data exclusively (versus the skilled senses of remote
workers). Now, I am wondering if they will make us lazy, but
in a different way.
I must point out that (as written in
another previous blog post), M2M solutions
are being heavily used by extreme sports / marathon participants
for safety and performance tracking solutions. However, are
they actually reducing our level of physical activity too much,
when you balance it all out?
Here are some examples of what I am talking
- I put a sensor out in my garage to keep track of moisture and
temperature, so I can be notified if there is a change in
state. But....my garage is a grand total of 50 feet from my
living room. How lazy am I that I can’t get off the couch and
go check on it once in a while?
- I was talking to someone in the security space who mentioned
that in many of their locations, they had abandoned the usual
security patrols by their team. Instead, they were having the
security professional sit and monitor from a central desk, or in
some locations, have it monitored remotely. While it would
lower costs, you’ve now taken away exercise from your employee,
lowering their health and possibly their alertness levels.
- Finally, having worked in the restaurant business, I remember
having to go outside/downstairs to check on the kegs of beer, to
see how full they were. Having automation to alert you of
low-levels in these containers is great, but is that just making us
more lazy? For some teenagers who text all day, that might
have been their only exercise!
Counterpoint to this way of thinking
Actually, there are two:
- The first one (which came from our Director of Marketing,
Carolyn) was that in some ways, these solutions force us to be LESS
lazy, as there is more accountability provided. By having
accurate levels, combined with GPS locations of key assets,
employers will be able to see what work was done, preventing lazy
employees from cutting corners. So, the salt truck driver
will now actually have to spread salt in all of the areas, and not
dump it randomly somewhere.
- The second counterpoint is that while M2M may reduce the
physical nature of work in some areas, some of that work was
actually quite dangerous or so overtly physically demanding, that
the reduction of it was a very good thing. I can imagine that
not having to climb to the top of a 100 ft tower on a windy day is
work that most people can agree is happily avoided.
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