The Internet of Things (IoT) and Big Data are radically changing the face of human activity, from driving our cars to preparing our food to managing our health. Billions of connections between machines and people will be directly tied to areas of life skills that Extension cares about. Can Extension gauge the impact of IoT and Big Data? How will Extension respond to the challenge of these technologies? What new skills should be included in Extension position descriptions? What organizational policies, support, and infrastructure will be needed? Will Extension proactively develop new organizational skills and programming relevant to digitally connected clients?
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Hill, P., & Hino, J. (2016). The Internet of Things and Big Data: A Litmus Test for Extension?. The Journal of Extension, 54(6), Article 20. https://doi.org/10.34068/joe.54.06.20