David Cameron has announced that the world is on the brink of “a new industrial revolution,” where the internet will allow everyday objects like fridges to “talk to each other.”
Speaking at a trade fair in Hanover, Germany, the Prime Minister said that “the internet of things” would transform the world, as he announced a package of measures to promote Britain’s position in the global technological race.
“I see the Internet of Things as a huge transformative development – a way of boosting productivity, of keeping us healthier, making transport more efficient, reducing energy needs, tackling climate change,” said Mr Cameron, adding that the world was now “on fast-forward”.
Yes, I get the point of connectivity. Smart metering of electricity, this sounds like a pretty good idea (although who controls it is another issue). Telling the washing machine only to go on when the wind’s blowing equally. But why does everyone talk about fridges communicating with each other?
What, exactly, does anyone think a fridge has to say to another one? “Turned out chilly again” is going to old pretty quickly isn’t it?
And I will guarantee that the first thing that will happen to fridges that are on the internet is that they will get hacked. And everyone’s food is going to be either hot and rotten or frozen as the kiddies giggle in glee.