"The chatter about the “internet of things” makes it sound like the solution to all our problems. “Smart” devices in a 5G world do have the potential to indirectly improve efficiency without requiring any particular effort or sacrifice on users’ part. But the internet of things has drawbacks as well – particularly regarding cybersecurity. Whether it turns out to be a good thing or a bad thing will depend on how mindfully we develop it. Fortunately, one emerging aspect of the internet of things could have a direct environmental benefit. "