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Cartoon: Are We Ready For Networked Home Appliances?

The last few years has seen a surge in interest in the “Internet of Things.

2014 is the year it starts invading our lives in earnest, especially with Google acquiring networked-home-appliance maker Nest. a

These devices can learn your daily rhythms, and automatically adjust and optimize your comfort and electricity use. But there are also some “big data” privacy concerns: the data gathered by these devices provides an unprecedentedly detailed view into your daily activities: when you have a shower, put the coffee machine on, run the washing machine, etc.

With the right algorithms, the data could reveal who is home at any time, based on their “usage signature.” And when combined with your mobile phone, internet, and credit card data, it would make your daily life even more transparent,

What will the future hold? Here’s a humorous take or what might happen with homes full of intelligent, semi-autonomous devices:


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