Friday, July 15, 2016

Meet George Jetson

At least have those eggs be delivered by self-driving cars.

"There is seemingly no limit on how what we refer to as 5G could impact our everyday existence," FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn said. "A refrigerator that not only alerts you to a near-empty egg carton, but automatically adds that item to a virtual shopping list, enabling a delivery to your door by week's end, without any action from you."

I don't even know where to begin with this. I could snark about how our imaginations are pretty damn limited. I could wonder why we need better wireless technology (which would be great for other reasons!) to do something which doesn't require better wireless technology. Looking at my fridge, I could contemplate how this would work for anything but an egg carton. I could cheer on the return of the milk man, a quaint relic from the past now made possible again.

Rule of thumb: if it sounds like something you'd see in a Sharper Image catalog, it's probably not existence-altering.