Allegedly smart

Some folks are just infatuated with the idea of Connected Appliances, each with an IP address. And then there are those of us who aren’t:

[W]hat’s next? IoT dishwashers, where you can remotely start them from your cell phone or some such? Not everything needs to be networked and I dare say fewer things need to be networked than actually are: my fridge right now (may it last several more years) is a dumbfridge and I don’t want a smart one; I don’t want one that tells me the eggs are within a week of going off or I need to buy more salad, because that feels like a short step from a fridge that says “Are you really sure you should be eating that, dear” when I stand in front of it late some evening squirting whipped cream from the can into my mouth.*

*Oh, don’t be judgey. I know at least SOME of you have done that.

I haven’t done that since I was, um, let’s say, 53.


  1. McGehee »

    25 April 2019 · 7:46 am


    I have, however, spooned Cool Whip directly out of the tub. I, too, was much younger then. More to the point, so was my digestion.

  2. Jay »

    25 April 2019 · 12:30 pm

    Last week.

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