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Re: Google Nesting in our homes?
  • 4/28/2014 10:10:18 AM
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Departing from the horror implications, Smart House seems to be a 1999 movie (I haven't seen) along the "connected house" theme, apparently made into a comedy by Disney. Here's a summary:


A 13 year old boy wins a computerized home manned by a cyborg maid named PAT. When he and his dad move into the house, he figures that his dad will cease considering re-marrying anyone since the house and PAT can handle all of the cooking and cleaning chores. However, his father soon shows an interest in the computer programmer. This sets the boy into tinkering with PAT's program and sets in motion a too wife (and mother)-like nagging robot. 


 

Sounds like the plot involves both a "connected" house and a humanlike robot. Obviously, a recipe for hilarity...

 

Re: Google Nesting in our homes?
  • 4/28/2014 9:53:25 AM
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Seth writes


@ Lyndon, I guess that is true that we keep something until we realize something has it's own agenda other than the monthly bill.  Sad day when we have to monitor the security system. 


 

This whole discussion led me to Google the topic of movies about automated houses. Here's what I found posted  (2006) in one forum discussing Automated Homes in the Movies:


Posted 13 August 2006 - 03:06 PM

House Hunting Mice (1948) 
"In search of cheese, mice Hubie and Bertie wander into a demonstration "house of tomorrow" and battle with its automated convenience features, eventually driving the obsessive house-cleaning robot to resign his post."

Ma and Pa Kettle (1949) 
"The Kettles and their fifteen children are about to be evicted from their rundown rustic home when Pa wins the grand prize by coming up with a new tobacco slogan. Birdie Hicks is jealous of the family's new wealth, which includes a completely automated modern home, and accuses Pa of stealing the slogan. Reporter Kim Parker proves Birdie wrong and marries Tom Kettle."

Mon oncle (1958) 
"Monsieur Hulot's brother-in-law is the manager of a factory where plastics are manufactured. His nephew grows up in a house where everything is fully automated and the boy is raised in a similar fashion. To take away the influence of the uncle on his son, his brother-in-law gets Hulot a job in his factory."

A.D.A.M. (1973)
"Roger Empson builds a house for his disabled wife Jean that is completed automated and monitored by a computer called A.D.A.M. (Automated Domestic Appliance Monitor). But things take a nasty turn when A.D.A.M. starts to develop feelings towards Jean..."

Demon Seed (1977) (thanks Smee)
"A super computer succeeds in raping its creator's wife in order to recreate itself in a hybrid baby."

Smart House (1999) (thanks Smee)
Disney Channel Movie
Comments by VER0776: As much as I love automated homes, I could not get through the first half of this movie. The house was unrealistic even by science-fantasy standards. Once the replicator popped up and started throwing fruit all over the kitchen, I was done... It is a Disney movie, so I am not hating on it and can recommend it to 7 year olds and younger. =)
 

 

 

 

Re: Google Nesting in our homes?
  • 4/28/2014 7:52:39 AM
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@Lyndon_Henry: I see! I understand your point and it does make sense to have control over the temperature setting in your house. 

Re: Google Nesting in our homes?
  • 4/27/2014 8:35:09 PM
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I find that eventually people will give up anything for convenience.  I have to admit, am I using those browsers that supposedly don't track my usage?  Nope

@ Lyndon, I guess that is true that we keep something until we realize something has it's own agenda other than the monthly bill.  Sad day when we have to monitor the security system.  

Re: Google Nesting in our homes?
  • 4/27/2014 9:27:04 AM
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Hospice writes


 

...The question is whether the advantage of installing Google's thermostats outweighs the drawback.


 

It's not just a question of privacy, but having control over your own home. And yes, even a mere thermostat may present a threat.

Our local municipally owned electric utility offers "smart" thermostats, for free, which they'll install. When we were needing to replace our old clunker of a thermostat, we considered the city's offer.

But we found it had a catch — THEY would have ultimate control over the temperature setting, so at critical times (such as very hot days when there was an extra load on the system) THEY could set your home temperature higher. Sorta like in many offices and hotels where you don't have control over the temperature ... but this would have been in our own home.

So we opted for a programmable thermostat purchased via Amazon, and it's worked great. Doesn't seem to have its own agenda. Not yet, anyway...

 

Re: Google Nesting in our homes?
  • 4/27/2014 8:48:00 AM
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As Google increases it's ability to gather data, either with or without customer permissions, it's profitability should increase unless there's some limit to just how much consumers buy into purchasing more and more gadgets and services. Unless the world economy generally trends upward steadily, there's going to be some real speed bumps as customers elect to not buy into the next "convenience" product.

Re: Google Nesting in our homes?
  • 4/25/2014 7:57:43 PM
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There is no doubt in my mind that Google will use that data to market to people more accurately.  I'm sure Comcast is doing the same with their home security system. 

For people in the North or South, being able to heat or cool your home before you arrive is pretty nifty.  I am concerned what kind of backdoor those systems may have, since every software seems to have one. 

Re: Google Nesting in our homes?
  • 4/25/2014 7:33:55 PM
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@Lyndon_Henry: The question is whether the advantage of installing Google's thermostats outweighs the drawback. Maybe we should accept the fact that privacy is actually dead and will have to hand over more of our personal data to Google or other organizations in order to enjoy the services they offer.

Re: Google Nesting in our homes?
  • 4/24/2014 11:20:43 AM
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@Michael, you're right the Google thermostat may not be the big differentiator with regard to privacy and public pushback to big data. All I'm saying is there is a real risk here, and only time will tell how it all plays out. We may be at a tipping point though considering the frequency of stories about privacy breaches and misuse of personal data that we see on a regular basis now.

Re: Google Nesting in our homes?
  • 4/24/2014 9:22:07 AM
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I think you're right, SaneIT -- especially considering that thermostat and energy usage aren't really considered "private" data. SAS's John Balla writes about his use of solar panels and the dashboards delivered by the provider in this recent blog

He says the benefits outweigh the intrusion, as he's been able to save money and perform a quick fix on his AC unit before it needed replacement.

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