Your life, smart and con­nected

HWM (Singapore) - - Ed's Note -

I’d like to take this op­por­tu­nity to talk about ev­ery­thing “smart”. It’s hon­estly an overused, over­hyped con­cept; right up there with the In­ter­net of Things. Why do I say this? While the term is thrown about, no one can re­ally ar­tic­u­late what con­sti­tutes a “smart” any­thing.

Our per­sonal lives are plenty smart as it is since we have an app for ev­ery­thing. Tech­nol­ogy is firmly in­grained into our daily lives and con­nec­tiv­ity is a must. So in essence, we’re al­ready liv­ing out an era of the In­ter­net of Things, be­cause ev­ery­thing needs to be con­nected. We are ad­dicted to our con­stant feed of in­for­ma­tion, which has be­come a ba­sis of our re­la­tion­ships and in­ter­ac­tiv­ity with the world around us.

If you think of your smart­phone as the hub of your smart life and you want to ex­pand your cir­cle of in­flu­ence, your im­me­di­ate up­grade would be the home. This is where home au­to­ma­tion comes into play. Again though, this isn’t a new con­cept. In 1969, the Honey­well Kitchen Com­puter was a smart de­vice that was de­signed to help store and read recipes while you cooked. To­day, we can talk to our ap­pli­ances, they can talk to them­selves and can learn your habits.

When taken to a big­ger scale (we’re talk­ing about a whole coun­try here), you’ve got what the Sin­ga­pore gov­ern­ment is try­ing to do with their Smart Na­tion ini­tia­tive. As men­tioned, none of the con­cepts are new, and no­body has a con­crete blue­print of what it means to be truly “smart”. I per­son­ally think we’re al­ready half­way there and we’ll con­tinue eas­ing into what­ever is next, in­stead of sud­denly re­al­iz­ing a ma­jor phe­nom­e­non. Zachary Chan Editor

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