Walk around your house with a photographer’s eye, not a home owner’s. Look for specific, individual elements. Most are uniform, repeating themes of wood, brick, stone and concrete, put together to form a solid structure. Each piece contributes to the overall whole, melding together to form the visual expectation of a house.
So why do we put up with these interruptions?
It’s almost as if these arrive at our houses unchanged from the 19th century, remnants of the steam age or when electrical wires filled the skies. Some sort of mechanical viruses that attach themselves to our residences. We paint them for camouflage and then disregard them afterwards. Yet our 21th century lifestyle is enabled by these very devices, deliverers of energy, information, light and connectivity.
What do they do? No instructions come with them, no pamphlet or URL to use as a way to understand their function. They just work. And when they don’t, their own dedicated priesthood descends on them to mutter incantations and perform secret rituals in order to return them to operation.
And in reality, how different are these from the emerging cloud network devices we’re all expected to partake in? How many people can explain how they works, what they are composed of, how to run or repair them effectively? We simply to take the idea for granted, that it will always be there, delivering some form of service we’ve been promised will gloriously increase our living standard.
It’s the future, as it has always been. Devices delivered to our existence that fade from recognition. And why just these mechanical attachments? Why shouldn’t a house be sold with full connectivity, including the devices needed. A tablet for every room, a smartphone for every occupant, an internet TV for each person – all simply passed from owner to owner as functional elements of the house. No different than windows, doors, floors, heaters and plumbing.
It’ll certainly expand the For Sale listings…..