Simplifying (?) Our Lives

When did you first read about wired homes, those incredibly "intelligent" houses where every appliance has a built-in computer and communicates with every other appliance, and everything connects to the Internet? Years and years ago, right? Technology prophets have been anticipating the coming of the wired lifestyle pretty much ever since the Net entered our lives. By now, you'd expect the Jetsons to be moving in next door.

In fact, the wired home doesn't really exist. Not yet anyway. There are "smart" houses, to be sure, equipped with sensors that can tell when people are inside and can be programmed to adjust...

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