If you have an older Samsung or Vizio smart TV, you may have noticed a message from Netflix pop up on your screen. This week, Netflix began notifying customers that it will no longer support Samsung smart TVs, circa 2010 and 2011, or Vizio smart TV more than four years old. The changes go into effect December 2nd. The news isn't too surprising -- Netflix cannot support all hardware indefinitely -- but it is still a bummer. Samsung confirmed the change in a troubleshooting page, and Cord Cutters first reported that older Vizio and Roku devices will lose support.
If you don't use a muscle, after a while you'll lose it. Sure, it's not technically a muscle, but if you stop using your brain because your watch tells you when it's time to go to a meeting, or stand up, or use the bathroom-- can we at least agree you're not getting any smarter? The more we hand over to machines what makes us unique as humans--our ability to think, process, and make decisions--the less we stretch and grow our capacity to do those things.
Smart home technology has become increasingly popular in the latter half of the last decade and the 2020s could see it become even more mainstream. Many of the products are designed with the promise to make life easier and can help increase the security of a home with the likes of smart locks, doorbells and cameras becoming increasingly popular. Smart technology developers also claim it can help people save money. For example, British Gas says that its Hive smart thermostat could save users up to £120 a year on energy bills. Technology is expected to play an even bigger part in home security in 2020 with more residential properties equipping themselves with solutions that can be accessed remotely via mobile devices including smartphones, tablets and laptops.
The way that government technology is contemplated, procured and ultimately implemented is experiencing a shift. Many predictions are swirling about the future of smart city initiatives and projects. Some industry leaders have gone as far as to declare the partial death of the smart city movement. While many government IT managers have fully embraced and championed the smart city cause, others have chosen a more measured and cautious approach. Multiple state chief information officers have spoken publicly about getting "back to basics" and taking a slower approach to move further ahead over the longer term.
As technology develops in leaps and bounds, so has our way of thinking. Only a few years ago most people could not imagine that they would be able to watch a film, consult the internet, control their banking and household appliances from a telephone. However, over the past 5 years it has become an integral part of the way we live. The telephone is no longer a device for just oral communication but also a way to rapidly exchange messages and documents, increasing efficiency in the exchange of informed information and the propagation of ideas. Productivist, after a careful study of the manufacturing industry supply chain needs, has recognised that smart technology will lead the way in industry; improving efficiency at all levels.