Monday, January 12, 2015
Total Smart Grid Control: ”Warren Buffett Wants to Tell You When You Can Wash Your Clothes”
But the article continues on with not just Buffett wanting to give you a friendly reminder of a more cost-effective time of day to use energy….
No apparently, in conjunction with Siemens AG, Buffett’s UK Northern Powergrid Holdings Company is testing a new smart-grid system that will be able to literally take control of when a homeowner can use their appliances. They are testing, “a so-called smart grid that has the ability to control when consumer appliances will be used in the home.”
Bloomberg is using the phrase “behavioral shift.”
Hundreds of millions of smart meters have been installed all over the globe at this point. Testing of these kinds of systems is going on right now in the U.S., United Kingdom, Australia and France among others. Some smart grid projects are using smart meter systems that send signals from every outlet in a home every fifteen seconds, essentially giving anyone sitting at the grid’s control hub a complete view of every move involving energy inside a home.
Flip on a light? Take a shower? Make a cup of coffee? Flush the toilet? Well under these smart grid systems, you are also making data and someone somewhere is going to know about it. If you use more electricity than your neighbors, well then, you are also a statistical outlier, something that has given police probable cause to randomly question people in the past on the basis they might be growing drugs in their home due their increased electricity usage….
Kinda like that Christmas song…They know when you are sleeping, they know when you’re awake….
Speaking of, they do have talking thermostats now, too. They’re supposed to be all trendy and cool. Combined with the smart grid, however, it comes off more like the super computer HAL from 2001: A Space Odyssey. You go to turn on your air conditioner and hear a calm voice say, “I’m afraid I can’t let you do that, Dave…”
What about privacy? Like Bilderberg asked at their annual meeting last year, “does it exist?” (Obviously in this modern day and age of Big Data, the question was largely rhetorical.)
Buffett and Bloomberg, by the way, are members of the “super friends” club that billionaire Bill Gates likes to hang out with and talk overpopulation…….