Internet of things (IoT)
People are used to thinking about things as inanimate, brainless objects. But you'd be surprised how much a thing can understand with the help of IoT technology. With the advent of miniature sensors connected to the Internet, many things have become "smart" devices.
They have become ears, eyes and even hands. Smart objects connect to the data network and tell us how they feel, how they are affected by the environment, how ready they are to work before a shutdown, how loaded their mechanisms and computing resources are, and much more.