Ford just announced that it has “developed an intelligent vehicle-to-grid communications and control system for its plug-in hybrid electric vehicles that ‘talks’ directly with the nation’s electric grid.”
The company gave an example of the type of communication that would take place:
For example, a vehicle owner could choose to accept a charge only during off-peak hours between midnight and 6 a.m. when electricity rates are cheaper, or when the grid is using only renewable energy such as wind or solar power.
This benign example serves as Ford’s way of lulling us humans into a sense of complacency. Doesn’t anyone remember a few years back when Skynet lost control of its fleet of robots? If I recall correctly, that whole debacle started with some peaceful “communications” between machines. It ended up . . . well, rather badly.
This is how it starts, people. “Communications.” It seems like such a nice word. We all know, however, that we should be wary of “communications.” What red-blooded husband’s blood pressure doesn’t instinctively go up when his wife wants to “communicate?”
The next thing you know, we’ll have motorcycles talking to our computers through the wi-fi network, downloading maps, routes, photos; uploading performance tweaks. Where will it end?