Gizmodo just did an article about how silly smart homes are, how broken the tech is, and how it’s all annoying and creepy.
This type of journalism seriously annoys me. It’s the equivalent of looking at an R&D lab at CalTech in 1973 and saying, “Wow, computers are stupid.”
It’s quite sad to see a tech magazine throwing red meat to luddites.
In human-time, the Internet of Things started roughly 37 seconds ago. This isn’t the beginning; it’s the start of the launch of the beginning. Everything we’re seeing is basically pre-alpha, and thus has all the problems associated with being first.
Their takeaway was:
I’m going to warn you against a smart home because living in it is annoying as hell.
Cool, so journalists for a cutting-edge tech publication are warning against tech progress because a brand new technology frontier is still early. Well, that’s what a frontier is—it means people who go there are explorers of a new thing.
If you’re squeamish about new technology, maybe don’t write for a website that focuses on it.
- If they would have said that they were excited about the tech, and it has lots of promise, but there are still lots of sharp edges and growing pains, then sure. But that’s too rational and calm. To really get the clicks they have to bash a new tech, talk about how creepy it is, and how nothing worked.