Now that I cover the smart home market, I’ve been thinking about what I know about the industry, which is admittedly very little compared to the commercial AV market and the IT industry I came over from, back when I was writing for sister publications Commercial Integrator and My TechDecisions.
I own a smart TV, a security system, a handful of Chromecasts and a Nest thermostat that I haven’t installed yet. However, limited my knowledge and use of smart home systems may be, I understand the general idea and use case behind smart homes–to make all electronic devices manageable via the network, and automate systems that we use every day.
I’m not ashamed to admit that much of my understanding of smart homes before switching to CE Pro came from movies and TV, the bulk of which paint smart homes as a super useful technology that helps make our lives easier…until they turn rogue and start attacking its occupants. This has become a popular trope in the entertainment world, painting smart homes, AI and automation as technologies that operate on a slippery ethical slope.
Many depictions of smart homes feature machines and systems that are easily corruptible and used for malicious purposes, or where smart homes and AI become far too intelligent for the good of humanity. Or, smart homes are depicted as representing yet another device on the network that can be hacked.
Here’s a look at some of these examples, taken from some newer movies and TV shows that show how the smart home is currently being represented in media.
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