Why You Should Buy the Dumbest Appliances You Can Find

In this article the author argues for dumb (ie, not smart, IoT) appliances. One problem is that smart appliances are complex and prone to failure. For example, “[t]he last time a repairman came to my house, he told me that he’d had to get a full-time weekday job at Home Depot because nowadays, when appliances break, most people just buy new ones.” He also coined Owen’s Test  “Until I can operate my Samsung TV, Blu-Ray player, Amazon Fire TV Stick, and Cisco cable box with a single remote control, the Internet of Things is a hoax.”

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