Among its many applications, technology is used for human expression, Rose said -- and the Internet of Things is set to accelerate that trend.
Take the "I/O Brush" developed at MIT, for example. It's a next-generation drawing tool that lets users paint and draw using the textures and patterns found on everyday objects surrounding them. Using a built-in video camera and touch sensors, the I/O Brush can be swiped across pretty much anything -- flowers, M&M's, even a person's physical features -- "pick up" that pattern, and then transfer that pattern to its drawing canvas. Users can make whatever kind of special "ink" they want, just by exploring the items around them.