By Simon Carpenter, chief technology advisor: SAP Africa One day in the very near future, we will wonder how we ever survived in a world full of ‘stupid’ devices. From washing machines to lights to thermostats, soon our homes will be full of sensors connected to a network. This proliferation of sensors will also reach our cars, offices, and factories. Soon, every “thing” will have at least one sensor: the World Economic Forum predicts the number of connected devices will more than double over the next few years, from 22.9 billion in 2016 to more than 50 billion in 2020. That is equivalent to nearly five connected devices for every single person on Earth.