The future of smart homes belongs to AI

Home automation is the future, a home that cannot anticipate your needs, that doesn’t know what it’s occupants need at any point in time and act automatically to meet those needs, is not a home worth living in. Everyone who has seen Iron Man is familiar with J.A.R.V.I.S the ever present electronic butler for lack of a better description, J.A.R.V.I.S is so much more than simply an automation system, he is an artificial intelligence that interacts with and anticipates everything that Tony Stark (aka Iron Man) needs both in an out of the home. He represents the holy grail of smart home manufacturers the world over, and it really isn’t all that far from becoming a reality.

The most annoying things on the road

I am as a general rule of thumb a fairly calm and collected driver, I don’t generally shout and get angry at other drivers and I generally drive responsibly and within the speed limit or thereabouts. There are however a number of things that other motorists do that “Really grind my gears” as Peter Griffin would say, and will push me over the edge and make me want to ram you and your car off the road and into a lamp post.

Filtering IPv6

Ensuring a safe environment online for children is very important, the internet is absolutely full of people and websites that are either specifically intent on causing harm, or are at very least something you don’t want a child looking at.

Filtering the internet in your home is often very easy, most ISPs now provide filtered internet options. In most cases this is based on DNS and works by either not returning a DNS lookup result for blocked content, or returning the IP of a block page instead so the user is aware that they’ve been blocked from accessing it. In some cases it even blocks non-filtered DNS.

However, if you’re using IPv6 via a tunnel provider then most likely a lot of content is now getting through without you even realising it.

The shared cost of neighbourliness.

When buying a house there are several considerations to make, the first of course being the house itself, but also you would likely consider the location, local schools and amenities, and perhaps traffic noise etc.

There is however something you often don’t think to consider, and that is the neighbours. The reason for this is that it isn’t that obvious, you might view a house in the day time or evening when the neighbours are at work or perhaps at their quietest. What you really need to know is what the neighbours are like at night time, on a Sunday evening, or when the sun is out and they want to have a barbecue and have a few too many to drink. With some planning you can find out what the neighbours are like by visitng the house late at night prior to making an offer, however there is one aspect of the neighbours that you might not think about, would be even harder to find out, and is potentially a very expensive ommission.

The problem with Apple Pay.

Apple Pay has the potential to finally bring mobile device payments to the masses, and compared to previous attempts to implement mobile payments it is massively successful. The success is attributed in the most part to utilising existing payment standards already widespread in use, especially in the UK. But there is a problem with Apple Pay, and that is the interaction at the checkout.