For "somewhere in between" plenty of people see no use for -- and I've ranted in the past about -- a smart refrigerator that tells you what's available in the freezer or when it's time to buy milk. Yet, those same people like the idea of integrated energy management systems that keep heating and cooling costs down and even identify which electrical outlets are wasting energy.
Then there are the security concerns surrounding the possible hacks of baby monitors and intelligent thermostats.
However, our A2 cartoonist, Jon Carter of Cartertoons, found a smart home angle that nobody else seems to have hit on. What happens when the smart home gets too smart and doesn't need us any more? Or, what if those smart home systems feel they know what's best for us?
Check out the cartoon and share some thoughts on how a smart home could take a bit too much control over our lives, or goes rogue.
For example, suppose you pay the premium for that smart refrigerator. Then the fridge learns from your Fitbit and the bathroom scale that it's time for you to cut back on the frozen pizza. It then locks you out of the freezer.
Or, maybe you crank up the air conditioning on hot July days, and then the smart home decides to achieve its energy usage goal by making you suffer in the August heat.
What can you imagine the smart home doing to seek revenge on your very human behavior? I hope you will have some fun and share a comment.