The ‘smart home’.
More and more over the last few years I’ve been seeing that term in all sorts of places. Online magazines, articles, news and such, and it’s all about being connected, always connected. And now you can even order a “smart home” built from the ground up, one of prefab jobs I guess. Start out fresh with a clean slate and nothing but dirt and a foundation (a smart foundation by any chance?) and go up from there in a very connected way. And when the builders/electricians/plumbers/technicians are finished?
Smart refrigerators, smart thermostats, smart electrical sockets, smart light switches, smart light bulbs (that function as wireless thingies as well), smart stoves, ovens and microwaves. Smart everything including the toilets and you can monitor and control everything from your smart phone. Oh yeah, the house itself is smart as well with (smart) security cameras everywhere, smart windows and walls plus a (also smart) security system (with smart locks no doubt) that will notify the local authorities if you decide to use the bathroom in an unsafe manner. And all this has brought me to this conclusion:
I have a dumb home.
A very dumb home for that matter. I mean, we don’t even have a thermostat let alone a ‘smart’ one seeing as how we heat with wood and all. All of our appliances are as non-smart as they come with the possible exception of our new-ish home entertainment center which includes a smart TV and we don’t even let that connect to anything from the outside either. Sort of forced non-smartness. So it just kind of sulks in the corner and plays DVD movies at us upon our request. Even our vehicles are dumb. No touch screens in the dash, no rear-view cameras, no GPS navigation or satellite radio–nothing like that. Just plain old knob and button type vehicles that I’ve driven all my life–more or less. Yup, our home is definitely dumb which has led me to yet another conclusion:
I like dumb.
I’m not sure I could acclimate to living in home that’s smarter than me. I spent many long years working and playing in the world of computers and electronics and I’ll admit that I’ve not lost my love of gadgets. However, a home that depends entirely on smart-gadgets to operate is all fine and dandy until the power goes out. Then what? Sounds like the smart home would suddenly revert to downright stupid.
When the power goes out at my dumb old home, especially during the winter, at least I know I’ll still be warm and cozy and the gas stove will still work. Meanwhile these smart home owners will be hoping their backup generators will start so they can reboot their homes.
Maybe my old place isn’t so dumb after all?