By Alan F. Blackwell
Communications of the ACM,
Vol. 47 No. 9, Pages 65-66
There have been many "homes of the future" demonstrations, in which intelligent appliances communicate with each other for the convenience of the homeowner. Manufacturers, wealthy celebrities, gadget lovers, and researchers think they are great. But now that transport-layer technology for highly networked homes is commercially feasible (whether WiFi or simply cheap cabling), it's time to ask why typical households need it.
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