Technology has made its way into homes for some time now, but a recent article in Time magazine suggests we have just experienced the tip of the iceberg! All the technology giants are gunning for what is estimated to be a $12 billion dollar industry in just five years.
The basic idea is that eventually we’ll all invest in a platform (think Windows or Mac) that attaches tiny sensors to all sorts of things in our homes, and then we’ll control these things from our smart phones via an app. For example, music, lights, window shades, temperature, security, multimedia, kitchen appliances, and communication devices will all be automated in ways that adapt to our preferences.
Whether I like the idea or not, I know it’s the future. The promise of technology has always been that it improves the quality of our lives. But I’m not so sure. These days I feel very tethered to my smart phone. I am constantly checking email, websites, and anticipating calls like Pavlov’s dog waiting for a treat! On those rare occasions when I leave it home, I have serious withdrawals. So I am a bit worried about becoming even more tethered to technology.
THE FILTER BUBBLE
Not long ago I read The Filter Bubble: How the New Personalized Web Is Changing What We Read and How We Think and realized just how much commercial interests have influenced my time online. It’s really scary to understand how our microscopic behaviors and actions are all owned by corporations using this data to alter our future purchasing behavior.
I guess my big concern is that if our online behavior can influence so much of our lives, think how vulnerable we will become when it’s hooked up to our entire house! I can see Proctor and Gamble executives salivating at the thought of gaining access to all the minute details of our lives.