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Beware The Internet of Things
Guardian ^ | 1/26/2014 | Guardian

Posted on 01/26/2014 1:32:04 PM PST by Dallas59

Right now, hordes of fevered scientists around the globe are pulling all-nighter after desperate all-nighter. They haven't changed their clothes for weeks. The walls of their laboratories are speckled with fist-sized craters, each marking a different failure. Their marriages are in ruin, their children strangers to them. And it's all because Back to the Future: Part II was set less than two years from now.

"Damn it, Bob," one jaundiced, coffee-stained boffin is yelling at his semi-comatose colleague. "These people were promised hoverboards. If we don't have a working hoverboard in production by Christmas, there will be riots. These animals will have our heads." Bob shrugs. He's too exhausted to care. He has been at this since 1989. He can't remember what the sky looks like any more. He's going to be torn limb from limb by a mob of strangers furious that science hasn't met the fanciful advances hinted at by popular culture 25 years ago, and he's OK with that.

(Excerpt) Read more at theguardian.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: backtothefuture; blacktothefuture; connection; internet; paranoia; paranoid

1 posted on 01/26/2014 1:32:04 PM PST by Dallas59
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To: Dallas59

~~~Back to the Future: Part II~~~

Just as long as the Libyans aren’t selling plutonium on every street corner.

Oh, and no more DeLoreans.


2 posted on 01/26/2014 1:34:53 PM PST by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: Dallas59

Good read and good warning. SkyNet will be created by consumer electronics, not the military.


3 posted on 01/26/2014 1:40:27 PM PST by Valpal1 (If the police can t solve a problem with violence, they ll find a way to fix it with brute force)
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To: Valpal1

Dang, we don’t even have the Flux Capacitor, yet.

Let alone driving the whole thing with steam power.

And the flying cars? Or the split-second weather prediction? or the anti-gravity skateboards (but they may never solve the capability to using them over water), and the Mr. Fusion power generators?


4 posted on 01/26/2014 1:45:25 PM PST by alloysteel (Obamacare - Death and Taxes now available online. One-stop shopping at its best!)
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To: Dallas59

5 posted on 01/26/2014 1:47:41 PM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: Dallas59
Didn't the Google boys just pay $3.5 bil for the outfit that makes wifi connected home thermostats?
6 posted on 01/26/2014 1:50:15 PM PST by nascarnation (I'm hiring Jack Palladino to investigate Baraq's golf scores.)
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To: nascarnation

The NEST Thermostat...

https://nest.com/thermostat/life-with-nest-thermostat/


7 posted on 01/26/2014 2:00:25 PM PST by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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To: carriage_hill

Not to be totally cynical, but I can see some hacker in Iran turning every one of these to “off” during a cold weather outbreak (like tomorrow).


8 posted on 01/26/2014 2:02:40 PM PST by nascarnation (I'm hiring Jack Palladino to investigate Baraq's golf scores.)
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To: nascarnation
Nest CEO interviewed here: Why We Sold to Google for $3 Billion.

This is known as a "good payday".

9 posted on 01/26/2014 2:04:40 PM PST by cynwoody
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To: cynwoody

Thanks. Seems like huge dollars for a relatively mundane device. Of course there may be things in their product pipeline that we don’t know about.


10 posted on 01/26/2014 2:08:06 PM PST by nascarnation (I'm hiring Jack Palladino to investigate Baraq's golf scores.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Most people are too stupid to drive a car safely,much less operate a plane/flying anything.If flying cars become a reality,we will all need to live in bunkers.


11 posted on 01/26/2014 2:13:36 PM PST by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: nascarnation
If it's WiFi, it can be hacked just as anything on the Net can. As our national power grid probably can be. I have the old-fashioned, hard-wired, First Alert Smoke & CO2 Detector w/ battery back-up.
12 posted on 01/26/2014 2:15:07 PM PST by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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To: Dallas59

Bookmarked.


13 posted on 01/26/2014 2:16:59 PM PST by Inyo-Mono (NRA)
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To: F15Eagle
Oh, and no more DeLoreans.

Deloreans went back into (limited) production in 2008. I've seen one in PA and one in MA. Can't really miss 'em.

14 posted on 01/26/2014 2:21:20 PM PST by ClearCase_guy (Anti-Complacency League! Baby!)
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To: nascarnation
Seems like huge dollars for a relatively mundane device. Of course there may be things in their product pipeline that we don’t know about.

Nest Labs has an extensive patent portfolio. They've been granted 40 and have filed for 200 more.

That's probably part of the reason for the acquisition. Google has been relatively weak on patents, and that needs to change as they get into more hardware-based areas.

They closed that linked interview by asking the CEO what he thought would be the Next Big Thing. His answer was vehicle automation, meaning assisted driving, not the Google fully self-driving car, which he implied is still in the indefinite future. But he thinks assisted driving is going to come in big in the next three to five years.

15 posted on 01/26/2014 2:23:12 PM PST by cynwoody
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To: cynwoody

Very interesting.
Yes you can see the vehicle features popping up already with radar assisted speed control, automatic braking, lane departure warning, etc.


16 posted on 01/26/2014 2:26:13 PM PST by nascarnation (I'm hiring Jack Palladino to investigate Baraq's golf scores.)
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To: carriage_hill
I had the nest on my mental wish list until I read this article.

Suddenly realized that maybe uber-convenience in electronics is not the droid I'm looking for.

In the year 5555 Your arms hangin' limp at your sides Your legs got nothin' to do Some machine's doin' that for you

17 posted on 01/26/2014 2:26:56 PM PST by Valpal1 (If the police can t solve a problem with violence, they ll find a way to fix it with brute force)
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To: nascarnation

Do they make the wifi devices used to connect the ubiquitous wifi cameras used everywhere by business nd industry and stalk the interstates?


18 posted on 01/26/2014 2:31:23 PM PST by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... History is a process, not an event)
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To: bert

Not sure. But I’ll bet there are smart FReepers who will tell us.


19 posted on 01/26/2014 2:36:01 PM PST by nascarnation (I'm hiring Jack Palladino to investigate Baraq's golf scores.)
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To: Farmer Dean

Exactly. As it is, whenever I drive, there’s a moron in front of me going too slowly, an idiot behind me following too close, bozos to the right, clowns to the left. The last thing I want is to have to worry about any of them overhead.


20 posted on 01/26/2014 2:39:06 PM PST by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: Farmer Dean

I’ve already dug my bunker, LOL!


21 posted on 01/26/2014 2:46:31 PM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: Dallas59
Ya know, America would probably be well on our way to the future envisioned by the sc-fi guys if socialist politicians in the 60s didn't divert our resources and talents to reducing Americans to 3rd world levels. Done solely for the gain of power released in such a shift.
22 posted on 01/26/2014 2:57:13 PM PST by ArtDodger
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Every time I hear someone wishing for flying cars, my first thought is “Have you seen the way people drive when they’re on the ground?!?!”


23 posted on 01/26/2014 2:58:19 PM PST by Ellendra ("Laws were most numerous when the Commonwealth was most corrupt." -Tacitus)
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To: Valpal1
I really wanted that piece of hardware, until I read about all the installation problems and weird things happening after DIY installs. They have installers to do it for about $125, but the unit's got some 'bugs' which need to be ironed-out. Plus, the fact that some Google founders bought the company, creeps me out. That's just ceding too much domicile control to others, via WiFi. I have an ancient 2006 Nokia 6060 "Clamshell" cellphone; no 'smartphone' and don't want one.
24 posted on 01/26/2014 3:07:51 PM PST by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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A FReepathon!

Hmmm...
One-off or Monthly?

Ping to Donate.

25 posted on 01/26/2014 3:17:58 PM PST by moose07 (the truth will out ,one day.)
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To: Dallas59

People have been complaining about the NSA spying, and the IoT would be a massive new way for the NSA to find out what people are up to. Not only that, but, Google and MS and Facebood and Twitter and any company that has a vested interest, would all have the means to get at your data and all of the data that the IoT generates.

But, mostly, the IoT is a bunch of hooey. Most people are tired already of so much of their data and privacy being invaded, and most will resist the IoT as just stupid. Not every idea is a good idea, and this IoT is just a dumb one, no matter how many tout is as big as the invention of the wheel, or some such thing. There will be many who are are technically inclined to adopt all new gadgets and technology, but, the majority of people will reject this IoT thing, or in the least, they won’t care to use the tech. It won’t be the first time that a technology will have been rejected.

Now, if the tech was to be connected only internally within a home (or business), and not sending out any signals to the internet and the rest of the world, perhaps the technology stands a better chance of adoption.


26 posted on 01/26/2014 6:29:32 PM PST by adorno (Y)
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