If you're waiting for the “home of the future,” filled with talking appliances and complex networks that let all our devices communicate with each other, prepare to keep holding your breath. It's not that those things aren't technically possible. It's just that if we had them, they'd irritate us.In this week's column, professional futurists weigh in on whichtalked-about technologies are likely either to flop, under-deliver ortake longer to reach critical mass than we might expect. Top on theirlist are things that sound better suited for a Jetsons set than a real-life home or workspace. Additionally, there are a lot of technologies that sound neat, but probably won't inspire us to open our wallets.
In a new found attempt to “stay on top of the news” I actually started to read my feeds this morning instead of at nine tonight. So I caught this little bit on Wired about technologies that sound great, until you think about the practicality or annoyance factor involved …
My favourite “oh yeah that could be a problem …” is the totally networked home. Sure it does sound great, until, as Wired points out, that the latest Toaster 3.5 update blows out the settings for the rest of the house and now you're locked in, TV displaying only the shopping channel and the heat set to “tropical rainforest”. Not to mention when your toddler chews on the remote and makes the fridge call the store and order a lifetime supply of pickled beets. Yeah, some of these things might need some work.
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