Category Archives: Technology

Are you sharing the custody of your home with companies?

The follow article by Kashmir Hill and Surya Mattu is very well researched and written article that looks behind the scenes with what’s happening to all those lovely “smart” devices plugged in the the Internet at your home. Even if you don’t have a “smart home” we all have very smart devices, aka our phones…, sitting with us all the time. This applies to them too.

So have a read, it’s very insightful.

The House That Spied on Me

In December, I converted my one-bedroom apartment in San Francisco into a “smart home.” I connected as many of my appliances and belongings as I could to the internet: an Amazon Echo, my lights, my coffee maker, my baby monitor, my kid’s toys, my vacuum, my TV, my toothbrush, a photo frame, a sex toy, and even my bed.

“Our bed?” asked my husband, aghast. “What can it tell us?”

“Our breathing rate, heart rate, how often we toss and turn, and then it will give us a sleep report each morning,” I explained.

“Sounds creepy,” he said, as he plopped down on that bed, not bothered enough to relax instead on our non-internet-connected couch.

I soon discovered that the only thing worse than getting a bad night’s sleep is to subsequently get a report from my bed telling me I got a low score and “missed my sleep goal.” Thanks, smart bed, but I know that already. I feel like shit.

Read on

Tim O’Reilly On The Future – Technology Wants To Solve Problems [video]

Tim O’Reilly chatting about how he sees the future.

“We have to design for different outcomes. We have to ask technology to create a better world.” – Tim O’Reilly

Tim Ferriss writes about Tim as follows:

Tim is the founder and CEO of O’Reilly Media, Inc. His original business plan was pretty simple: “interesting work for interesting people,” and that’s worked out pretty well. His company has generated hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue doing everything from online learning, book publishing, running conferences, urging companies to create more value than they capture, and trying to change the world by spreading and amplifying the knowledge of innovators.

In ’93, Tim launched the first commercial website. In ’98, he organized the meeting where the term “open source software” was agreed upon and helped the business world understand its emerging importance. Tim has now turned his attention and is very focused on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and its implications, the on-demand economy, and other technologies that are transforming the nature of work and the future shape of the business world.

Read more and also listen to his interview:

Tim O’Reilly – The Trend Spotter