Events are new magazines, and ThingsCon was one of the best events I’ve seen. Anthropologists, business people, feminists, futurists, writers and comic book people were speaking about “Internet of Things” as if they were in command of that world. Even the most intensely geeky tech presentations were built on big ideas.
As Warren Ellis said at ThingsCon, we may be living in the last days when nobody knows where we are — when the home is still like an aristocrat’s castle, distinct from the rest of the world.
We may think we’re just networking computers, but our cars are the computers that carry us, our keyboards are the computers that write, our planes are the computers that fly.
Too many people think that the “smartest” thing a thing can do is to spy on other people. We must put human values into things, we must beware of the clashes among things. A smart house can clash with a happy house. The thoughtless convenience of seamless design can clash with the need for control and dignity.
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