It seems as if the Simpsons (as ironic and far- fetched as it sounds) act as an omniscient purveyor of truth. They have accurately predicted many things, leading people to believe the Simpsons to be the modern day Nostradamus.
Just another accidental prediction was the IOT or Internet of Things. In Treehouse of Horror XII there is a segment (which parodies 2001: A Space Odyssey) in which the Simpsons family buy a smart house which in turn falls in love with Marge and attempts to murder Homer. Now the Simpsons didn’t realise it at the time but they predicted the digital trajectory of the future.
In the very near future control over every aspect of our lives will be commonplace. In fact it is already in its infancy. If you are feeling like you may want to improve your sleep, one look at your phone and you can see exactly how long you slept, when you went to bed, when you woke up etc. While you were sleeping your phone was relentlessly gathering and storing data about you.
Personally I find the IOT to be a very scary concept, especially when it comes to privacy. Mitew (2014 pg.9 ) echoes my own qualms with this new paradigm in stating:
‘while pervasive tracking, logging, and observation are necessary functions of this stratum, they have profoundly disturbing implications for notions of public and private space.’
Is the IOT facilitating just another aspect of the surveillance culture we are already a part of in the digital age? And how is the IOT safeguarded from hackers who could manipulate these objects to gain valuable information? Let me know in the comments below!
Mitew, T 2014,’Do Objects Dream of an Internet of Things?’,The Fibreculture Journal ,vol.1449, no.23, p.9