Why Would You Willingly Put Hal9000 in Your Home?

halBy Melissa Dykes

Why exactly is it that everyone seems not just okay, but downright gleeful at the thought of computers controlling virtually every aspect of our lives? Why are we running around paying to spy on ourselves?

After decades of being warned about the dangers of this exact situation in books and movies, people are willingly lining up to buy into their own Orwellian technological enslavement without any real justification other than what, trendiness?

The potential few dollars that might be saved here won’t be worth anything once the disaggregation algorithms and big data-based peak pricing models are in full swing…

Check out this creepy ad for a similar smart talking thermostat here. It’s cringe-worthy to say the least.

The first thought that popped into our heads when we saw this was the thermometer responding in the voice of Hal from Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey:

I’m sorry, Dave. I don’t think I can turn down your thermostat today. You’ve used all your energy credits this month and your region is at peak usage times…