The security solutions being sold to consumers worldwide to soothe fears of invasion may become the things we fear most.
That's the essence of a new article from Ian Bogost of The Atlantic. To be able to monitor your home through a connected camera, locks, motion sensors, etc., also requires those devices to be able to monitor you.
The terror of a truly smart gadget is the same as its promise: that it really is the future, and furthermore that its arrival is inevitable. That’s something to think about when plugging in or turning on an appliance. Eventually, soon even, the tiny electrical load it draws will reach past the blender or the light bulb, out above the house and up into the cloud, where it will replicate onto the ledgers of federal agents and commercial advertisers and corporate actuaries, and remain forever.