After “The Great Automation”

After “The Great Automation”

In the mid 2020’s, the development of AI reached an event horizon. It wasn’t the singularity, but productivity exploded from that point. What followed was a tumultuous economic period known as The Great Automation. Almost thirty years into The Great Automation, nearly half of able-bodied adults were completely removed from the workforce. Each country handled unemployment policies with […]

Kitchens of the Not Too Distant Future

Kitchens of the Not Too Distant Future

Imagine it’s the not-too-distant-future, and you’re at home and hungry. You decide to cook dinner, so you say “Hey Google, what can I make tonight?” (Or Alexa, but Google Home emerged victorious in my Epic IoT Battle). Your phone and a fridge-mounted screen suddenly display a list of meals that you can prepare. Each meal is […]

Blame Machine Learning for Your Echo Chamber

Blame Machine Learning for Your Echo Chamber

One of the media’s trending topics is how echo chambers led to the almost unanimously inaccurate election predictions. Media outlets started by blaming themselves, but have lately shifted the blame to social media. They have a point, to a degree. Echo chambers are created when people surround themselves with others who validate their own opinions, […]

A Brief History of Home Automation (Starting from 2013)

A Brief History of Home Automation (Starting from 2013)

Several years ago, Ben Jurow gave me a tour of the Savant Systems showroom in Soho. I felt like I stepped into the future– a really, really expensive future where almost every electronic device was controlled by networked iPads running off central controller software. It made me wonder where automation technology was headed and why real estate […]