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Product Recalls From Our IoT Future
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jjessup570
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6/2/2014 | 7:49:29 PM
Keep the Friday posts coming!
I am a little behind, but I love this post and look forward to them every time you have a chance to post one. And I totally agree, smoke alarms should detect smoke. Enough said. 
Drew Conry-Murray
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Drew Conry-Murray,
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5/28/2014 | 1:03:03 PM
Re: Faux automation, false alarms
I think there's a certain class of products, smoke alarms included, that don't necessarily get more useful as you add more features (and thus more complexity, and thus more opportunities for failure or mistakes). I want a smoke alarm to do two things: beep when there's smoke, and beep when the battery dies. They don't need a network connection or a motion detection algorithm to do those things.
athorndike
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athorndike,
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5/24/2014 | 1:43:16 PM
Re: Funny, but dangerous!
Very clever Andrew - provided some good giggles, especially the Google Glass. So true jporter! I always lag on updating my phone software. Would be scary to lag on smoke alarms. The self-driving car concept played in a pretty funny way out on a recent episode of 'Silicon Valley' on HBO.
Gary_EL
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Gary_EL,
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5/23/2014 | 11:52:02 PM
Re: Funny, but dangerous!
This is a joke with all too much truth to it. Yes, the IOT is coming, but like most things that are enormously complicated, the first iterations won't work quite right, and there will always be people who put too much faith in it too soon. This is an area that will definitely need a lot of skeptical adult supervision.
Charlie Babcock
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Charlie Babcock,
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5/23/2014 | 2:29:06 PM
Faux automation, false alarms
There's not as much sophisticated perception and intelligence in automated devices as in the human eye, brain and hand. It's actually hard to automate some of the judgments we're able to make and things we're able to do with scant information. If we're not careful, our smoke alarms will become like the car alarms -- no one pays attention to them anymore.
Thomas Claburn
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Thomas Claburn,
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5/23/2014 | 2:21:13 PM
Re: Funny, but dangerous!
Artificial intelligence is just a way of encoding natural stupidity by omission. 
jporter14
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5/23/2014 | 1:25:36 PM
Funny, but dangerous!
These are so funny! I got a good Friday morning mood going from this!

But on a serious note, the scary thing is that network connected safety devices are only as safe as the owners allow them to be. I can't tell you the number of time's I've put off software updates on my personal laptop out of laziness. But putting off updates on a smoke detector could serioulsy put you in danger.


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