The Internet of Skills enables you to transfer your expertise, irrespective of distance/location, in real time, using robotics and haptic feedback. By enabling the delivery of physical experiences remotely, the Internet of Skills will revolutionize operations and servicing capabilities for industries and it will revolutionize the way we teach, learn, and interact with our surroundings for consumers. It will be a world where our best engineers can service cars instantaneously around the world; or anybody being taught how to paint by the best available artists globally.
The term Internet of Skills was coined by Prof Mischa Dohler and team in 2015. At that time, he and his team at King’s College London were working on ultra-low latency 5G networks. The inspiration however came towards the end of the Ebola crisis for which King’s College London was the UK’s lead-response. Motivated by the Ebola crisis in Africa, Dohler is trying to develop a way for doctors to treat a patient thousands of miles away, especially in remote areas where medical skill is lacking, where virtual reality and low-cost technology can link the doctor and patient in a way never before possible.
IoT devices can be simple, tiny devices on a telephone pole or complex remote computers or sensors located in adverse climates. The range of requirements is vast and the hardware engineering challenges mirror the uniqueness of these devices which subsequently push the limits of hardware design and implementation.
For example: Signals would be sent unencoded -- uncompressed. That's the only way to overcome latency problems when these connections become global- from the UK out to Los Angeles, for example. The speed of light becomes a noticeable factor at that distance, so the delay created by encoders becomes unacceptable.
While that still seems to be excellent advice, it appears a specific focus on the Internet of Things (IoT) should be added to the list. Earlier this year, Gartner predicted that 20.4 billion IoT devices will be connecting in 2020. Internet of Skills will help to set remote skillset delivery and therefore democratize labor globally the same way as the internet has democratized knowledge.