Getting Smarter

I just ran across this plug for something called “Allure Energy’s EverSense”

Make your home smarter with smart technology provider Allure Energy’s EverSense ($299), a home environment control platform. Ever-Sense senses when you are home and when you are away, and adjusts your home’s lighting, heating and air conditioning accordingly. Yet, unlike traditional thermostats, EverSense has wireless speakers that stream music from any device, an app that turns its high-resolution display into a digital picture frame, video playback, and an weather app with animated radar.

It brought to mind THIS POST from Dave Sikkema on the subject of “Smart Homes.” Dave’s post, which I highly recommend, includes this quote from Wendell Berry’s essay “Men and Women in Search of a Common Ground”:

According to the industrial formula, the ideal human residence (from the Latin “residere, “to sit back” or “remain sitting”) is the one in which the residers do no work. The house is built, equipped, decorated, and provisioned by other people, by strangers. In it, the married couple practice as few as possible of the disciplines of household or homestead. Their domestic labor consists principally of buying things, putting things away, and throwing things away, but it is understood that it is “best” to have even those jobs done by an “inferior” person, and the ultimate industrial ideal is a “home” in which everything would be done by pushing buttons.

While I realize there are some advantages to smart houses, I can’t help but wonder if even as our homes are getting “smarter,” the residents of them are not.

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