It won’t be long before not only our phones but also our TVs, cars, refrigerators, pacemakers, and most other essential equipment are just networked computers in different shapes. When that happens, using those devices responsibly becomes more complicated than just turning on an iPad and letting Apple handle the rest. We need a new regime of consumer protection around general-purpose computing.
Cory Doctorow explained from the stage at the Novellus theatre in San Francisco Tuesday night that people need greater safeguards of their rights over computers than currently exist. We’re getting along OK while our computers are just gizmos for typing on. But would you get in a self-driving car without reading the EULA carefully?