This New Home

I open the Tang family's refrigerator and see three Tiger beers inside. Why, I wonder, are 36 beers listed on the automated scanning device, which is designed to beam their grocery inventory to a local store? The Tangs — living guinea pigs in a prototype Internet home sponsored and heavily promoted by the Singaporean government — offer a sheepish explanation. Shortly before I arrived at their model apartment, they ran a bunch of grocery items through the scanner to make it look like they use it all the time. Eager to accommodate, they did so at the urging of the pair...

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