Re: Dumb ideas for IoT
I don't buy it. Buttons/dials on a microwave / washing machine / coffee maker? Cheap to make, work for the entire life of the machine, don't ever need upgraded, no compatibility problems, anyone (visitor, your gran, the new owner after you sell it on gumtree) can use it, no third party control device needed, etc etc. Replacing these with an (expensive) computer with all sorts of connection possibilities would lead to all sorts of headaches, all to solve a problem that doesn't really exist. If you find the buttons annoying, buy a slightly more expensive machine. Bingo, nice buttons.
As for "Who knows what the buttons do?" Try reading the manual? How would moving the buttons to a virtual app on another device solve this?
An intelligent car safety system certainly has benefits, but isn't really internet of things. These things already exist - TPMS that adjust torque based on tyre pressure, traction control that senses road surface etc. But you know what? Just because my car can tell me I need new tyres, doesn't mean I will actually go and get new tyres. And I certainly don't want my car deciding I'm not allowed to drive any more once it decides the tyres are too low, or the wrong brand, or too old. That sort of nonsense is already bad enough with printers.
Finally, try living in a country with no MOT (eg bits of Africa, some less developed Middle East countries, and large chunks of the good ol' USA) and then tell me it's just "Monty Python safety theatre". It most certainly is not. And no amount of intelligence in the car will change that.