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"Technology company Cisco imagines a hypothetical situation in which your alarm clock receives a message that your morning meeting has been pushed back, allowing you to sleep longer. The clock then signals the coffee maker to brew later, and your car to delay defrosting its windows. Even more, the clock could gather traffic data, factoring in the time your morning commute will take."

The Internet of Things | The Etsy Blog

This has the idyllic beginnings of a technology apocalypse, where it’s man vs. machine, that finally concludes when some dashing young man sacrifices himself to save a room full of world leaders by preventing the deadly note from being played by firing his gun into the air.

Oh wait, no, that was eagle eye. My bad.

But aside from the horror aspect of it (which may be attributed to my overactive imagination), why do we need an alarm clock to function as our personal assistant? Just imagine a society where you actually rely on an alarm clock to make simple judgement calls such as how much time you should schedule for your morning commute.

It’s really frightening isn’t it?


October 4, 2011

August 8, 2011 Reblogged from world-shaker-deactivated2013092

world-shaker:

“I have a competition in me. I want no one else to succeed.”

I’m reminded of Daniel Plainview’s admission in There Will Be Blood when thinking about Google.

While the company is still largely beloved by the public, sentiment seems to have turned against them amongst their peers, and even amongst many of the startups around Silicon Valley. While these tensions have been building for months — and even years, in some cases — we’re seeing this on display more clearly than ever now thanks to the patent issue(s).

But why? Why is Google now a villain to many in the industry? I don’t believe it’s because they’re evil, I believe it simply relates to the Plainview quote. Increasingly, Google is trying to do everything. And they have the arrogance to think that they can. And it’s pissing people off.

Whoa. Dang good article over here.

As much as I like google and all, I really hope they slow down and reflect on whether trying to dominate the entire internet is a good idea.