Much is made of the amount of time people waste doing things. For example, it’s estimated that the average person, over the course of their life, spends about two years sitting on the toilet. They spend over four years doing housework, one year waiting at traffic lights and five years waiting in lines.
Now, the toilet time we might not be able to completely eliminate, but spending a year waiting at a red or five years waiting in a line is pretty galling. We like to think we live in an age of technology and robots, but we’ve somehow managed to substitute spending time building shelters, foraging and hunting – as our ancestors would have done – to waiting to be served and staring at small, man-made lights which change color. Seems like a couple of steps back, rather than progress, right?
We still do something ourselves
And then there’s all the stuff we’ve trained ourselves to do automatically that we spend time on – stuff we don’t even realize we do half of the time. Things like fiddling with the thermostat to get the right temperature, struggling to find the right key for the front door or the back door. Flicking through the channels, choosing clothes, searching for a page in a book, closing the curtains and so on ante mortem.
So, why, in the age of automation, the sci-fi age, do we still waste all this time? Shouldn’t we spend our time being waited on and serviced my all manner of robots and machines as we ponder the higher questions? Why have we not yet cast off the shackles of labor and become a species of philosophers?
The most likely answer is that we are just too stupid
Yes, we can build robots and machines to do anything, from cattle farming to clipping our nails. We can even build machine and robots to build the robots that do the work. But we remain, ensnared by our lack of motivation to smash a socioeconomic system which requires dozens of hours of human labor in order to service each other.
If we replaced our farmers, teachers, construction workers, cashiers, etc. with robots (thus doing away with all supervisors and managers, too), all of a sudden people would have a lot more time on their hands. They might question why we focus our efforts on creating robots and machines to kill each other with, such as predator drones and satellite-guided missiles, yet don’t think to put the same effort into applying technology to our everyday lives.
That’s why it’s up to you to automate your life
Now, it’s fair to say that not everyone can come up with a machine which would be able to grow home vegetables, say, but if you are the person who does come up with it, that’s your income guaranteed for the rest of your life, so you can quit wasting time at your day job.
For others, you might try want to automate the process of buying groceries and getting them delivered. Write a best-selling book, about how you automated your life, to pay for it and you can quit your nine to five, too.
Buy a smart hub for your home
Connect everything that can possibly be automated – all of your household appliances, fittings, doors, lighting, heating and so on. Train your house, by voice, to get into the habits you want it to have. Teach the curtains that they should be open at sunrise, year round.
Teach the coffee machine that you want your half-cafgrande Americano with curls ready at 6:30 a.m. sharpish and then train the butler-bot to bring it to you immediately. Get a neat thermostat like this: http://www.thermostatcenter.com/nest-learning-thermostat/ and never have to worry about your home being anything other than the perfect temperature day or night, year-round.
Connect a home security system to your hub which allows you to see who is coming and going and lets you interact with them even when you’re not at home. If you don’t like the look of them, have them dazzled by your ultra-powerful home security lights so that they become disoriented until the police arrive – your smart home having taken the initiative itself to notify them.