Giving the electric company remote control
Dumb meter: You don't pay your bill, and the electric company sends someone out to disconnect your power.
Smart meter: Someone else doesn't pay his bill, and someone at the electric company hits a wrong key on a keyboard, and your power is turned off.
Dumb meter: The electric company monitors and records your total electric use during each billing period.
Smart meter: The electric company monitors and records your electric usage continuously.
If you still don't get it, then watch "Brazil" and read/watch "1984."