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The Whole POINT of the Internet of Things Is So Big Brother Can Spy On You

No One Wants the Internet of Things …

No one wants the Internet of Things (IoT).

The Washington Post noted in 2014:

No one really wants a “smart” washing machine ….


If you’re wondering who would want to buy an Internet-enabled washing machine, you’re not alone. Even Whirlpool’s not so sure.

“We’re a little bit of a hammer looking for a nail right now,” Chris Quatrochi, Whirlpool’s global director of user experience and connectivity, said last week at a conference hosted by tech blog Gigaom. The buyers of web-connected washers, more than a year after launch, are still “not at all widespread,” he said. “Trying to understand exactly the value proposition that you provide to the consumer,” he said, “has been a little bit of a challenge.”

It’s a big concession from one of the most notable champions of the buzzy “Internet of Things” ….

As Digital Trends blogger John Sciacca put it: “Have we gotten so pathetically lame that you need to be notified by an email that your laundry is done?”

Wired jokes:

Now it seems every kind of thing from dishwashers to doorknobs require an Internet connection, since after all, we all know our dishwashers have long harbored a pent up desire for scintillating conversation with our doorknobs.

… Except Big Brother

The government is already spying on us through spying on us through our computers, phones, cars, buses, streetlights, at airports and on the street, via mobile scanners and drones, through our credit cards and smart meters (see this), television, doll, and in many other ways.

The CIA wants to spy on you through your dishwasher and other “smart” appliances.

WashingtonsBlog, Washington's Blog 5 Comments [3/18/2017 1:33:47 PM]
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This is not fundie in the least. The entire point of Internet of Shit, 'scuse me, Things, is to harvest data on the users' lives for monetization, and inevitably it will be accessible to law enforcement (and probably non-state-sanctioned criminals as well, given the abysmal state of IoT device security).

3/18/2017 5:37:30 PM

Gabriel LaVedier

I may not like the need for Wi-Fi for regular things but I'm not about to turn it down. Given the time I waste on laundry by not changing the clothes in a timely manner, I would love notice when it was done.

3/19/2017 8:26:09 AM


I think it's more like advances in microelectronics made iot possible, "smart" thermostats were successful, and then a lot of people tried to shoehorn the same idea into their product line. Probably there was not more to it than that.

3/20/2017 5:20:10 PM


Actually, smart washing machines are pretty cool. One of my friends has one; detects the amount of water needed (which has brought her water bill down noticeably), can be started - with various preset wash settings - from her phone, and alerts her when the wash is done so it doesn't sit damp for too long.

No cameras or sound-detection equipment involved, no wifi (the phone requires an app & Bluetooth connection), so IF the government could get any information from it (which they can't), the only thing they would know is how often she does laundry, how much she washes at a time, and how frequently she uses the delicate cycle.

3/20/2017 11:44:58 PM


...ah, whither The FBI is controlling your thoughts via your toaster...?!

And Carbonated Margarine: FSTDT's punmeister.

3/21/2017 9:18:41 PM

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