Google Says the Internet of Things' Smarts Will Save Energy


Cade Mertz

Can the move towards increasing internet connectivity of household devices such as thermostats and vehicles actually save energy? Google’s Senior VP for Technical Infrastructure Urs Hölzle thinks so. He argues that the energy savings gained through more efficient use of thermostat settings and driving will more than offset the increased demand placed on data centers as a result of the devices connectivity.

Not everyone shares Hölzle’s enthusiasm though, with some questioning how effectively people will use the devices. What doesn’t seem to be mentioned is why it is so imperative that we have these technological advances in the first place. In large part the article assumes that the technological direction is at least inevitable and perhaps even favorable to alternative ways of living without any real consideration as to why this should be the case. Also of notable absence is the lack of discussion about the additional waste caused by the replacement of old devices and the continual e-waste tied to computer hardware upgrades.

Why are western societies so compelled to move towards a society with greater technological connectivity?

What aspects of life do you want to preserve from increasing internet connectivity going forward?

Source: Wired

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