The term “the Internet of things” was coined by Kevin Ashton of Procter & Gamble in 1999. ”Things”, in the IoT sense, can refer to a wide variety of devices such as heart monitoring implants, biochip transponders on farm animals, cameras streaming live feeds, or automobiles with built-in sensors. Ashton correctly foresaw a world in which large numbers of connected things would communicate with each other autonomously via the internet—effectively creating an internet of things that is distinct from the internet of people.