Our local newspaper, the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, (some of us call it the Depressed Democrat), ran an article on March 30, 2012 about how Comcast Corporation, the cable provider for the area, is losing market share because people are watching videos online for free or using streaming services. So Comcast is 'looking for new products that can add to the bottom line,' according to their spokesman.
What is it?
Devices that operate home video cameras that can be viewed remotely, sensors that send a text when a door is opened, automation services that can control appliances remotely, and voices that tell you to take out the trash. Security systems through your cable provider. They say that since they're already in your home they might as well offer the service. You'll have access to that video for a month and then they'll store it for a year on their servers.
Sound good to you?
You know you'll forget it's there. You know you'll get used to it. You know you'll be conditioned to spy and be spied upon. You know it can be used to surveil you. You know they'll have a voice in your home. Well, maybe not right away, but awfully soon. Why? Because, it says in the article: "People can do so much with their smartphones and we're so used to doing things immediately."
Because, they say: "People are really embracing the concept of a fully automated home."
Who else is doing it? Time Warner Cable--they call it IntelligentHome. It's so much classier than Smart Home, don't you think? Besides they didn't think of it first. And Xfinity. And ADT. It's nationwide.
You'll be clamoring for it. That's how they do it, right? It's just a product and they know you want it, and they just make it available to you. Because you asked for it.
You asked for it.