2 votes grimlok — 2 votes, 2 commentsSource

I just don’t understand why people are willing to bring this kind of stuff into their homes… I mean the idea of having a “smart” house IS cool, because it brings Star Trek-like tech into our life. But to just willy nilly trust these entities that have proven time and time again, article after article, (Google, Amazon) with your most intimate data… I just don’t get it.

Maybe we should embrace this movement. People don’t seem to care if they’re spied with their PCs and phones, but maybe they would care if they knew that strangers know every movement and every action they make inside their home. It could be a good opportunity to explain why free software matters :)

I think it can sway some folks, but so far the folks that I’ve explained this stuff to, look appalled, but never change anything. It truly gives meaning to the last passage in 1984:

 “He gazed up at the enormous face. Forty years it had taken him to learn what kind of smile was hidden beneath the dark moustache. O cruel, needless misunderstanding! O stubborn, self-willed exile from the loving breast! Two gin-scented tears trickled down the sides of his nose. But it was all right, everything was all right, the struggle was finished. He had won the victory over himself. He loved Big Brother”

People ARE willing to trade privacy and freedom for convenience..