Scientists envision really, really smart gadgets

Don't be surprised if one day your refrigerator nags you to lose weight, your phone blocks calls it figures you're too stressed to handle and your wisecracking car entertains you with pun-filled one-liners. Within a decade or two, researchers at Silicon Valley companies and elsewhere predict, consumer gadgets will be functioning like ... Full Story

Since: Mar 09

Monterey Peninsula, CA

#1 Jul 7, 2010
This reminds me of what the same sort of experts were saying a dozen years ago. The magical Internet would enable people to retrieve from the office a shopping list generated by their refrigerator, which kept a running inventory of its contents. And, they said, you'd be able to start your washing machine remotely, from any web browser. Yeah, those caught on. The common pad of paper still works best for shopping lists, and there was no point in starting your washing machine remotely, as long as you still had to load the machines and fold the clothes afterwards by hand.

Technology does some marvelous things, but the last thing I want are machines nagging me like my mother.

-Mr. Toy

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