13 The Internet of Things
The Jetsons and Star Trek imagined an automated, voice-activated future where you owned and controlled the devices that make your life easier. This assumed that the processing power that fuels artificial intelligence could fit inside your home (or starship). We have arrived at that future: Alexa, Siri and Google can control your lights, TV, fridge, and toilet with voice commands. Tapping a screen plays music throughout your house and pre-heats the oven half-way through your commute . But there's one small caveat: You don't actually own these technologies. You subscribe to them via a handful of corporations that provide free (or cheap) services in exchange for spying on you 24/7. Where did we go wrong with the "Internet of Things," and how can we make it right?