Life in a “Smart” World

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With all the talk about smart phones, smart grids and smart buildings, do you ever wonder what life will be like when all of these contraptions are in  place and in constant communication with one another? The Economist has.  Some interesting stuff.  But it is not all goodness and light:

In the Netherlands the government backed down from making smart meters mandatory because of concerns that the data collected could be used to see whether properties are empty or expensive new gadgets have been purchased. Consumers also dislike feeling that they are being squeezed dry, particularly in America, which makes dynamic pricing hard to bring in. Even simple rate plans where the price of electricity depends on the time of day have had to be abandoned after customer protests.

You can read the whole piece here, and a companion piece on “smart cities” here.

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