Smart meters progressed in the media in the late 2000s, but they calmed down a bit. Surveillance is important, in our busy lifestyles, we easily lose the notion of our resource consumption and many other "distractions" in the face of emerging social, economic and environmental challenges. People are trying to create personal / professional hierarchies of these challenges as new priorities come on top of previous ones, which are then built gradually … many things begin to melt in the background until they are at an uncontrollable stage.
Too often, this causes a collapse – as we have seen with phenomena such as recessions that continue to appear over the past 150 years.
How are you calling?
Many predicted that houses would be managed by computers at that time; In the interest of this article, we will call the AI / computer at home & # 39; Central & # 39;; turn off unwanted heat sources or unnecessary lights. When refrigerators control your shopping, baskets measure the amount of recycled waste you have accumulated or make recommendations for reducing / not using or minimizing waste. Maybe the garage will decide how much juice to charge your hybrid / electric car.
Central& # 39; would take a lot of responsibility. Save money, time, and resources. Yet some people may be afraid of being too cuddly or becoming too dependent on technology. Still, what if so many of our distractions in life could be handled by Central? People could then focus fully on their domestic life, their family, their community, their hobbies and their work.
Invariably, with the constant advances of Internet innovation, faster connections with 4G in the years 2010 and 5G in the 2020s: we will become much more an interconnected nation, if it is the international community . It may seem idealistic, but every Garden of Eden has its Asp. In smart meters, this snake is the set of privacy issues where people may feel that their domestic AI is monitoring and reporting on their activities.
Will your privacy be compromised? Do you want the domestic AI spying on you? What about civil liberties? What privacy would be compromised at home? Nobody likes to have their dirty laundry aired in public … So how do we balance our future lifestyles with the potential savings of smart meter monitoring? Some districts and counties around the world have prevented the installation of smart meters for reasons of confidentiality and health. Are EMF a problem?
Confidentiality issues will require specific national information to be considered anonymous (names, dates of birth, income, etc.). However, there is a huge opportunity to gather real-time data on exactly what is going on in every home, office, factory, and processing plant in the country. /planet.
We do not need to name and shame: just support the "drainers" …
Who does not save energy? Who wastes energy? Who participates? Who acts parasitically in the office or in the community? Who votes? Who participates? Unlike name and shame communities where conservation of energy and water is non-existent, utilities can use the data to initiate restoration efforts.
This will help improve the policy on water leakage, energy savings, flood impacts and health problems – the list is unlimited and home intelligence / smart meters can make a contribution positive not insignificant. Politicians can see the weak voting zones in many small and large elections and make efforts to embrace these communities.
It is not a matter of preventing the privacy of a person, who wastes resources, but rather of rewarding groups in workplaces or communities that actively contribute to positive change incorporating the sustainability in their locality. Since no information about people, that is, the name, can be obtained through existing privacy laws and laws, only whole districts will be included in search engines. statistics that measured all these positive changes.
Practical aspects of smart meters:
Do we really need(water / energy / heat / electricity / waste / health / livelihoods / floods) surveillance? Chances are we are actually doing it. Some technologies / surveillance practices have been used for decades. For example, the reliable fire alarm, video surveillance or neighborhood monitoring. These have helped to improve our lives. In the UK, many people have complained about video surveillance. Yet during the riots of August 2011 in London, CCTV was hailed as a way to save identity, tracking and apprehension of the criminals involved.
Using the analogy of theoretical causality that a butterfly flapped its wings in Japan, it caused a hurricane in the Tornado Valley. Everything is causal and has a training effect. A fire in your neighborhood will have consequences for everyone, kidnapping will undermine the trust of the community, etc.
Floods in many countries can be combated through effective water management, rainwater harvesting and other measures to balance floods and drought. One thing is certain though: if homes located at higher latitudes, offices and factories do not absorb some of the water from mountains and valleys, lower levels may pose a risk of Flooding higher. This provides additional support for extending AI monitoring / smart meters as high up in our valleys and mountain communities. What can be monitored and invariably addressed at higher altitudes can reduce the negative impacts on lower altitude communities.
If the rich countries do not absorb their carbon dioxide emissions, the poorest countries will be unfairly punished by the many annoyances of strange weather conditions of global warming, and so on. countries will not be able to cope with these disasters and richer countries will be able to recover soon after.
Academics in the scientific community have increasingly lobbied for biodiversity monitoring (and support) to improve many ecological issues. Invasive species are often mentioned in the media, university studies or field work. Yet, often, the busy everyday person quickly forgets these problems until it is too late.
You will not be bothered by invasive white ghost slugs that consume our earthworms (which oxygenate our soils and thus maintain the fertility and integrity of the soil in order to keep our agricultural industry alive!)
Domestic IA / smart meters could be designed to monitor the ground as well as our built-in home environments. This may seem pointless, but if innovations happen soon, we will be able to implement them and obtain sophisticated monitoring of groundwater contamination, soil structures, pollution, invasive plant and animal species.
The situation worsens so much in many countries that mortgages are denied in many cases where the infamous Japanese invasive plant has taken root in someone's garden and will inevitably work under the foundations and compromise the integrity of the House. This seriously compromises the ability of many citizens to move / move. All of this can be handled if we had real-time monitoring of the AI / smart meters. More evidence will attract more public attention and increase our awareness of many issues that we do not otherwise know.
So which direction now?
The AI / domestic smart meters will inevitably be among us in the next ten years and will become a commonplace in 2020. We could sleep better, knowing that & # 39; Central & # 39; watch over us, our consumption of water / heat / electricity, our gardens and our floors and many more. If this is to be done then confidentiality issues are of paramount importance and a high priority with smart and irremovable (realistic) indicators that can not be compromised.
What can you do? Will your company be a pioneer of the best innovative technologies for smart and smart meters? Do you want to become a market leader and save the planet in the process?