A dishwasher botnet? A spying camera in a microwave oven? A dildo, surreptitiously sending the usage patterns to its manufacturer? A smart wine bottle that displays how much wine is left? Hacked teddy beards demanding ransom from parents? Malware in a heart pacemaker? A juicer that cannot be used when Wi-Fi is down?
It’s no longer clear what is an actual product and what is a cruel parody. The only thing evident is that tech companies are choosing to create absurd useless unsafe malfunctioning gadgets instead of looking for solutions for the very real global problems we face. The gadgets, of course, can only be monetised via surveillance of their users and ubiquitous ads. We shall not start startups, change the world, chase investors or breed unicorns during the Internet of Shit hackathon. Let’s simply turn up the absurd till 11, learn something and have fun. ---- In case you need inspiration: http://stupidhackathon.com/, https://twitter.com/internetofshit,https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3KEoMzNz8eYnwBC34RaKCQ