Beauty and the Beast show pitfalls of the smart home

Beauty and the Beast

“The future of the Internet of Things is vast, but also terrible. For every internet-accessible security camera, there’s a smart air freshener; for every virtual assistant, a gamified urinal. None of that should be a surprise, though, after Disney’s 1991 animated film Beauty and the Beast, which took Disney’s love of anthropomorphism to new heights. In the fairy-tale reimagining, the Beast’s household staff has been enchanted into household objects: valet Lumière is now a candelabra, butler Cogsworth has been turned into a clock, and cook Mrs. Potts is a teapot. (On the nose? Maybe a little.) And now, with a new live-action version of Beauty and the Beast making a staggering $170 million at the box office in its opening weekend, the pitfalls of the smart home are again on display.” Read the full article at