June 30, 2012
The House of Future? No One's Sure
Curt Hopkins, Ars Technica
The Pew Internet & American Life Project and Elon University have released a report on the future of "smart systems," and the future is bright. Sorry, dim. Well, the experts have agreed to disagree. Some see a regular Jetsonian future of, if not jetpacks and flying cars, at least homes integrated seamlessly with a networked world. Others see the demands as too low and the challenges too high to expect any but incremental changes. The report, part of the Future of the Internet/Imagining the Internet series, surveyed "1,021 experts and analysts from the tech world, universities, government agencies, corporations, and other stakeholders" on how close we are to a "smart" world, one which uses energy-efficient “smart structures,” integrated appliances and automobiles and...
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