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You may be a skeptic or a naysayer, but, as the saying goes, "The train has already left the station." when it comes to the advent of the "internet of things." Nest is just another one of a growing segment of things which are connected to the larger electronic network we all live in.
Will these 'things' make our lives better than before? Will they provide more security, convenience or are they just part of the trappings of the social force of consumerism's "I Want That..." which pervades our every waking moment? I for one hope it becomes a transparent part of the infrastructure which allows our homes and offices to operate more efficiently without threatening our lives or well being. (Slate article)
Those of us on the scary edge of integrated technology are urging us to leverage technology to help keep tighter control of our use of energy and water. The Nest is a good example of that technology in a segment of energy use which is fortunately shrinking each year, namely the residential energy sector. I haven't seen the most recent numbers, but all of us know every new home built is significantly more efficient, some claiming to be over 50% more so than homes built just 10 years ago or less.
So, even if you won't go out and buy a Nest soon, Google's 3.2 Billion bet is a strong indicator at least some of your friends and neighbors will be.
Chime in with your thoughts and let's get a conversation going, that is if you dare.
This is a continuing conversation about the strings of connections in our built environment we live in.