I found it hard to grasp this concept of the internet of things from the reading. Mainly I thought it was psycho-babble on the scale that would put Joseph Smith to shame. (YES! I managed to work in a mormon reference!.. been waiting for that aaaaalllll semester). However I am not trying to criticise the reading.
Bleecker wants to know “how the how to make the internet of things into a platform for World 2.0”. Well, sometimes Bleecker, you’ve got to look back before going forward.
If you didn’t get the terminator reference, then I feel sorry for you, but I am not going to waste time explaining it now.
On a more light-hearted note, ignoring the ‘computers will take over the world’ argument. Lets say that computers advance further and simply make our lives easier through being connected, like in the video from Ted’s lecture. If you missed it, watch this;
My first thought when watching this, was how bloody lonely is this guy? I hope the balcony tweets to the local police station the moment he decides to challenge the law of gravity, otherwise the balcony could be arrested for not reporting a suicide.
Also, his couch doesn’t face the television and that really bugs me.
My brother would love to see Ericsson’s social wed future come to fruition. He is a lazy bastard, and if technology can do something for him then he’ll use it.
Me? I am much more active and capable at things… like life. You know, I can cook, clean the apartment. I’m pretty good at that stuff. I don’t think I would ever buy machines that could do it, and then tell me about doing it.
I don’t really enjoy listening to my girlfriend rattle off a list of things she has done, why would I want my clock telling me that the fridge suffers from self-image issues? And I don’t read many blogs, so why would I read theirs? Some of you might remember my absolute hate of twitter at the start of this semester.. Could you imagine how much worse it’d be with appliances tweeting too?? Here’s hoping they aren’t fans of Justin Beiber… I slightly enjoy twitter now, incase anyone was wondering. I just always forget to check it.
And what if your appliances don’t get on?
Here comes my second Douglas Adams reference of the semester (i’m pretty happy about that)
Can you imagine the shitty reality t.v. series about appliances that form a dysfunctional, yet loveable household that get up to no good and nearly destroys the homeowners career only to save the day and teach a valuable moral lesson??.. oh wait, that’s I Dream of Jeannie…
Aaaannyyway… Thanks for reading.