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    Google wants to control your home

    First Google dominated the Web with search. Then it ruled mobile devices with Android. Now Google wants to control everything inside your home.
    At its annual I/O developers conference in San Francisco on Tuesday, the company previewed Android@Home, a future platform that will allow you to interact with practically any electronic device you own using Google (GOOG, Fortune 500). Connected devices like home media equipment, dishwashers, cars, and lights could soon be able to be controlled using the new platform.

    "We'd like to think of your entire home as an accessory, or better yet as a network of accessories, and think of Android as the operating system for your home," said Joe Britt, head of the Android@Home team.
    Controlling connected devices with a smartphone, tablet, PC or another gizmo has been discussed for years. Recently, some early attempts have emerged, including pill bottles that link to your phone or cars that can be turned on with through a mobile app. But those are prototypes -- little has been done on a larger scale.
    The chief obstacle to making that happen across all connected devices is finding a single, open standard to control everything you own. Right now, most manufacturers of connected devices write their own proprietary software for controlling appliances. Your iPhone can control your Apple TV, and Windows Phone can control your Windows PC, for instance.
    But down the road, what happens if your LG washer and dryer want to talk to your Apple router, controlled by your HP smartphone? If each used its own proprietary standards, that would likely be impossible.
    Google thinks that it has a solution to that problem.
    Google I/O 2011: Google wants to control your home - May. 11, 2011

    LOL Google "thinks" for us, hey guys not for me, thanks

    Would you like Google to think for you?
    Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.


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    Stuff like this will alter people's brains. I'm not sure if that would be a good thing.

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    Make it easier and easier for our government to spy on us!
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    First off, How lazy do they think we are becoming?

    My world don't need to run on a remote by Google.

    I have

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    Big Brother will be watching you.

    I have this theory that Google gets away with all of their copyright and privacy violations because they have a secret arrangement with the NSA to collect information about everyone. That might make a good book or a movie.
    "Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote." -- Benjamin Franklin

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    All this stuff is right out of the 1960s StarTrek but the stuff now is better like cell phones and tablet PCs. On the show, there was a talking computer (speech recognition) that controlled the ship (your home).

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    Google is not getting away with copyright violations, etc.
    See how many times they are being sued by countries, companies and individuals.
    And lose!
    One thing about the EU, unlike the US, they pound at google in ways that the US would never do.
    At least as long as the government in the US allows google to move on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iowadawg View Post
    One thing about the EU, unlike the US, they pound at google in ways that the US would never do.
    At least as long as the government in the US allows google to move on.
    The pivacy laws are something in EU, but it is also a cultural factor that American corporations barely understand.

    In US the privacy laws are volatile or non existant, unfortunately.
    Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.


  9. Well, to be honest, stuff like this impress me, partly because it reminds me of Star Trek as well, and I (was) a huge fan of that show, and couldn't wait for things in it to become realized.

    As for privacy issues, Google control and Big Brother government spying I think the main problem here is the government on one side (it should just f-off if you ask me and the whole privacy/tracking thing would be far less of an issue), and personal responsibility on the other. If you don't want something public, don't share. If you're concerned that being connected tracks you too much, don't connect. Accept the implications of your own choices and acknowledge the fact that they are indeed your own choices. Nobody is forcing this on you. Of course, most people in the general public don't have a sense of personal responsibility, but that's their problem.

    The interesting thing about Google is that when it proposes overarching things like this it tends towards making it open and interoperable. They are in a kind of unique position in which they can do that consistent with their self-interest because they make their money on ads and therefore the more stuff is connected to the internet, the more signals pass through their networks, the more they can profit, even while everything down to the source code itself, is open. This is why, if anyone should be doing stuff like this, it should be Google. Imagine Apple or Microsoft proprietary software being used to manage your entire home. I guess you can call this a "lesser evil".

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