What is Smart?

I don’t think of the Internet of Things anymore, in fact, I haven’t seen that term written for quite a while. I”m more inclined to thinks about ‘smart’ devices. But what is it that makes it smart?

To label something (or someone) as ‘smart’ makes me think that the object or person is capable of informed, intelligent, independent thought. In which case, a person can be smart but surely my watch or TV or kettle isn’t?

What makes a device ‘smart’? Well, if it’s the ability to connect to other devices and/or a “combination of services, trust, and ease of use that make a [smart] device a better choice for a consumer than a dumb one” (James Schaefer) then this still isn’t really ‘smart’? That’s just an ability to pack a series of instructions and functions into a small(er) package.

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