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We are currently in the middle of another technology transitioning from science fiction to contemporary: smarthomes

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We are currently in the middle of another technology transitioning from science fiction to contemporary: smarthomes

In the 1990s, it was the internet. In the 2000s, it was smartphones. Now it's smarthomes, driven by smart speakers and digital assistants like Alexa and Google Home. These NSA machines, for all their privacy issues, are essentially the latest wave of sci-fi technologies infringing upon our casual lives.
Science fiction stories told us of the day we could come home and talk to an artificial intelligence agent connected to the house that can tell us the weather, the news, read recipes, set the thermostat, turn lights on and off, and even tell us jokes. Voice recognition has gotten good enough that a lot of people wind up getting attached to smart speakers and digital assistants. It's something that, ten years ago, would have been seen as little more than a fanciful vision of tomorrow. And now it's here.
And just like with the internet and smartphones, we've grown used to it all and no longer quite see it as a vision of the future but just a reality of the present. However, like with virtual reality, it's not quite ubiquitous enough in our lives for the tech to have totally lost its sci-fi stigma. It's fascinating to watch this happen.

And remember my friend, future events such as these will affect you in the future.

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