the future?

26 Feb

london 10.46pm 10.9C mild night. sunday 2017

i see this advert on tv about controlling your heating via your phone. and i thought why should u want to do that? it does not seem that necessary or desireable really.

but it seems to be offered as something that everyone would find irresistible. am i the only one who thinks that it is a useless thing?

why not just use the timer and set the periods when you want it to come on? seems so simple really without micromanaging it.

it is the same thing with their offer of a fridge that will order things when it senses you are running low. maybe people can pretend it is a butler, doing all the things that a butler does and so make them think they have a personal service.

like having a washing machine to make you feel you have a human servant able to do your clothes. letting gadgets do those things that humans do, or  used to be the domain for rich people who can hire an army of servants to cater to their every need.

is that what the future is going to be like? maybe, but i think there will be lots of people like me who dont want it and can manage without.

but i think people like me will die out, and so perhaps young people in the future will not even think it unusual when the fridge does order the food and keep it stocked without any human imput at all. most probably it will be full of ready meals. we have seen sci fi films where food is  taken from a dispensing machine, all hot and ready to eat. it is not difficult to envisage such a thing happening now. and an easy leap to incorporate a microwave in a fridge, so that u can simply dial the meal you want and have it served piping hot. 

4 Responses to “the future?”

  1. Sarah M Monday February 27, 2017 at 3:49 am #

    well you might not be in your flat when you want to make it hotter or colder. I stayed in an airbnb once where the owner controlled the AC from his phone. Afraid I might wantonly switch it on when I didn’t need it I suppose.

    • alifesgayventure Monday February 27, 2017 at 8:21 am #

      good point, seems that this remote control via the phone will be highly desireable for airbnb owners. i wonder whether they are allowed to install remote webcams in the flat. or is that not allowed.

      • Sarah M Monday February 27, 2017 at 8:31 am #

        Well they could but it’s a bit anti social. I would certainly complain if I found someone had been watching me

  2. alifesgayventure Monday February 27, 2017 at 8:50 am #

    the thing is , you wont know would you whether the webcam is on or not. all you can see is the cameras, but is it recording? i would cover them up. though people nowadays can hide the camera , (behind one way mirrors, for eg, ) so it is not easy to find them. as a landlord it is tempting to install them and so you can keep and eye on these short term lets, in case they trash the flat. or steal anything.

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