the parallel universe in which “internet of things” referred to the broad availability of cheap, generic, user-friendly sensors divorced from specific use-cases. ex: instead of a “smart mug” whose function is deeply compromised by the presence of built-in sensors that feed data to the vendor before granting it to you, you pick up a waterproof heat sensor and pop it into a reusable teabag 🤷♀️🤖
@garbados for a long time i have worked in the vicinity of this, for companies that sell and enable an ecosystem of sensors and various little computers. it's never been that user friendly, but we're working on the problem.
unfortunately, as best i can tell, a lot of the practical effect of this work (art projects aside) is to enable the next iteration of people who will continue engineering the user-hostile panopticon future.
@garbados which i suppose is to say that while electronics are not the enemy per se they (like, say, free software operating systems and httpds written with the best of intentions) are damnably easy to turn to the ends of the enemy.
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