I have been hearing quite a lot lately about the "Internet of Things".
I reckon society can be divided into five groups –
There are the technical nerds who can't wait to invent more yokes to stick on the Interweb and who stand to make a fortune out of it.
There are the gubmints and Big Business who are all behind it as they can [and will] then control just about anything.
There are the bovine masses who cannot wait to wire every single aspect of their life to the Interweb, from their refrigerator to their underpants simply because it's "the latest thing".
There is the vast majority who haven't even heard of it and don't give a shite, despite it creeping into their lives.
And finally there is my [apparently very small] group which is more than a little worried by the whole business.
Now the Interweb is fine. It's a grand place to look up information on just about any subject. It's a grand place to research
porn illegally downloading films your next holiday or finding long lost friends [though if you haven’t kept up with them by normal methods, they’re probably better off lost]. It's a grand way of doing the shopping.
I have a few things connected to the Interweb. There are the laptops of course and all the little bits that go with them like the printer and a couple of hard disks. Then Herself has an Interweb radio that can connect to tens of thousands of radio stations [she listens to about three of them]. The satellite box is connected so it can download [legitimate] films and that's about it. Even my mobile phone is very rarely connected as I use it only for phone calls which is a different system.
Now people [the bovine masses group] are queuing to buy "smart" refrigerators, house lighting systems, central heating systems and probably the scariest of all, cars. In the meantime Big Business is sneaking in "smart" meters onto our water, electricity, gas and waste disposal.
Has anyone ever heard of computer viruses? Has anyone come across the term "hacking"?
Do you really fancy driving along a motorway doing the ton only to find some cunt has hacked your system and is now in control? Wouldn't you be thrilled to come home only to find that some other cunt has disabled all your utilities and has changed all the security codes on your doors? Wouldn't it be lovely if your "smart" kitchen decides you are running low on baked beans and automatically orders three tins, only because of a tiny glitch, they deliver three tons of baked beans?
As things stand at the moment, if the Interweb breaks [which it does occasionally] then I lose a bit of entertainment and that’s all. Everything else is under my complete control. I lock my own doors. I switch on my own lights [and frequently forget to switch ’em off again]. I control my own heating, refrigerator, oven and other kitchen appliances and my own clothing. I don't want to be able to send text messages to my cutlery or add my toiled seat as a "friend" on Farcebook. If I have forgotten to set the heating to come on, then that's a trivial matter and I'm not so desperate that I need to be able to phone it to tell it to switch on.
There is an old expression – "if something can go wrong it will go wrong".
And another – "don't put all your eggs in one basket".