Topics: Artificial Intelligence, Google, Internet of Things, lyft, Silicon Valley, singularity, smart devices, soylent, technology, Innovation News On Monday, the internet collectively laughed at the hubris of ride-sharing giant Lyft for marketing its new Lyft Shuttle as something inherently new, rather than what it was — namely, a private version of a city bus.
It has 100 percent of the nutrients and calories that the body needs to survive, but at the cost of taste; the powder is flavorless, oddly viscous and bubbly, and is mostly reputed for having convinced investors to pour about $70 million into it, despite the fact that some iterations of its signature product have resulted in explosive vomiting from customers.
Soylent isn’t original in that regard; merely, its marketers are merely the best at capturing the first-world market, and instilling in them a desire for something that seems contrary to what the experience of being human is all about.
(In 2016, an international hack infected innumerable internet of things devices with a modified worm, rendering them into a botnet that could be used to target the hackers’ choice of networks.) Thus, the internet of things enables consumers to waste time digitally monitoring devices that used to just be passive objects.
There’s a Twitter account that does a good job of listing terrible internet of things devices, but some recent abominations include a wi-fi enabled desk that tells you how long you’ve been standing, and a “smart” urinal.