Why is the so-called Smart World still so stupid?

-June 03, 2015

Editor’s note: I think you will find this new white paper very informative from Cees Links, CEO of GreenPeak. According to Cees Links, if you take a careful look at what is really happening – if you actually count up the number of homes that actually are “smart” – having intelligent systems installed within them that actually make our lives smarter, easier and safer, you will see that the number is actually pretty small.

Links tells us that today’s – and tomorrow’s smart homes – are not very smart. In fact, most of them are still downright dumb.

Links claims that this is because people are confusing “connected” with “smart”.  Just because a house, its devices and its systems are connected to each other and to the Internet, enabling the home owner to monitor and maybe even control what is happening in the home from a smart phone, does not make the house smart.

He says that to be smart, the smart house actually needs to have some intelligence of its own.
It needs to be able to gather information from its network of sensors, review and analyze that data, and then take some kind of action – without a human person in the loop to make the decisions for it. Sentrollers need to actually do something without waiting for us – their masters – to tell them what to do!

Enjoy Cees Links’ white paper which follows.   


Why is the so-called Smart World still So Stupid?

   

Have you heard? The Smart Home will change everything.

 

The Smart Home will revolutionize how the electronic and technology industries function in the future. Because of the Smart Home, how we live our lives will totally change.


The industry is alive with Smart Home buzz, excitement and promises. Unfortunately a lot of it is just hype. It is just not real. Yet.

 

Smart Homes and the IoT

 

Various analyst groups and industry prognosticators have been tossing out some very big numbers. According to these fortune tellers, within the next few years, there will be hundreds of millions, tens of billions, even trillions of smart homes connected by the Internet of Things.


However, if you take a careful look at what is really happening – if you actually count up the number of homes that actually are “smart” – having intelligent systems installed within them that actually make our lives smarter, easier and safer, you will see that the number is actually pretty small. Why?


Because today’s – and tomorrow’s smart homes – are not very smart. In fact, most of them are still downright dumb.

 

This is because people are confusing “connected” with “smart”. Just because a house, its devices and its systems are connected to each other and to the Internet, enabling the home owner to monitor and maybe even control what is happening in the home from a smart phone, does not make the house smart.

 

To be smart, the smart house actually needs to have some intelligence of its own. It needs to be able to gather information from its network of sensors, review and analyze that data, and then take some kind of action – without a human person in the loop to make the decisions for it. Sentrollers need to actually do something without waiting for us – their masters – to tell them what to do!

 


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