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mhhf1ve
mhhf1ve
1/4/2017 8:57:26 PM
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Re: Don't fence me in....
> "..instead of asking what people would like the house to do for them, we asked what a house could do better than imaginary Rosie"

It's interesting that the word "robot" comes from Czech, from robota -- "forced labor" -- and that concept seems to influence how we think of and design robots to serve us.

I still want a flying car that can fold into a briefcase and a Rosie robot to clean my house and help raise my kids....

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mhhf1ve
mhhf1ve
1/4/2017 8:52:14 PM
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Re: IOT customers
> "isn't it increasingly easy to just translate from standard to standard?"

And then we'll just have protocol droids like C3PO to translate everything for us! Sounds great.

"What I really need is a droid that understands the binary language of moisture vaporators."

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mpouraryan
mpouraryan
1/1/2017 3:29:24 PM
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Re: Don't fence me in....
Happy New Year @JohnBarnes!!

I think what you've envisioned is in essence what we're all marching towards--but here is the thing, though:  We should not "stop" thinking--and of all the things before us, that is frankly a bit terrifying while making sure the evolution of the Smart Home is somewhat "idiot proof. :) :)

Onward to 2017 with all its' possibilities

 

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JohnBarnes
JohnBarnes
12/30/2016 11:39:40 PM
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Re: Don't fence me in....
mpouraryan,

Interesting article. It always strikes me that one problem with most smart home concepts is exactly that they're trying to do what the imaginary Rosie the Robot Maid would do, though usually without embodiment in an apron-wearing talking vacuum cleaner.  As Heinlein said 60 years ago in The Door into Summer, (the person speaking is the chief engineer of an imaginary household robot company, Hired Girl):

"...they seemed to think there really ought to be strapping peasant girls grateful for a chance to scrub floors for fourteen hours per day and eat table scraps at wages a plumber's helper would scorn. That's why we called the monster Hired Girl—it brought back thoughts of the semi-slave immigrant girl whom Grandma used to bully."

But what if instead of asking what people would like the house to do for them, we asked what a house could do better than imaginary Rosie or Hired Girl? For example, why couldn't a home with an internal heat pump and heat storage system open all the window blinds on the sunny side, pump the heat into storage, and then use it at night to keep you warm? That would only require multiple linked thermometers and controllable blinds. The same controllable blinds could also protect your privacy (or your carpets from light damage) in response to your saying "House, naked protocol" or "House, max views".

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mpouraryan
mpouraryan
12/28/2016 2:57:30 PM
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Re: Don't fence me in....
As I have been enjoying  making the "rounds", I thought the community might enjoy this about this "view" on trends for 2017--whether this is realized is another question--but we are faced with a "new normal' that we're still somehow getting "used to":

What Smart Homes Will—And Won't—Do In 2017


Rosie the Robot won't be moving in quite yet, but virtual assistants and other tech will make life easier and entertain us more than ever.


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mpouraryan
mpouraryan
12/26/2016 12:56:20 PM
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Re: Don't fence me in....
The need to be positive is paramount--even though frankly it is not easy especially in light of all the challenges--but if such a guy can transform his life despite the challenges he's dealt with, we can do no less:

https://www.fastcompany.com/3066488/lessons-learned/displaced-but-determined-how-one-syrian-software-developer-restarted-his-car?utm_source=mailchimp&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=fast-company-daily-newsletter&position=3&partner=newsletter&campaign_date=12262016

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JohnBarnes
JohnBarnes
12/26/2016 12:52:35 PM
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Re: Don't fence me in....
Mpouraryan, Now there is a positive thought for the new year. No idea whether it's right, of course, but I certainly want it to be!

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mpouraryan
mpouraryan
12/26/2016 12:47:39 PM
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Re: Don't fence me in....
Maybe the very embrace of the "new statistics" is at the heart of the very positive transformation we all yearn for :) 

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JohnBarnes
JohnBarnes
12/26/2016 12:43:39 PM
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Re: Don't fence me in....
Mpouraryan, That's one of the most interesting features of the "new statistics" -- the understanding of why "Edison's shotgun" is such an effective strategy in high competition cutting edge research.

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mpouraryan
mpouraryan
12/26/2016 12:42:39 PM
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Re: IOT customers
What is clear is this:   the inherent insecurities that result in the very transformation we all yearn for does have a price--the question is whether we have the courage to embrace it as the "Future of work" continues to be the question of our time.    It has been the very nature of these insecurities that led to the transformations we've been witness to around the World..but this proves to be an interesting "food 4 thought"thought:

http://www.ted.com/talks/david_autor_why_are_there_still_so_many_jobs?utm_source=newsletter_weekly_2016-12-24&utm_campaign=newsletter_weekly&utm_medium=email&utm_content=talk_of_the_week_button

 

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