Smart home technology promises to make our lives easier, but how much control do we want this tech to have over our lives? And do we really trust it?
There are mounting calls to dismember the likes of Google, Apple and Amazon, but most people seem to have overlooked the biggest threat of all.
Many homes are already smart – but they're about to get much smarter.
As the number of 'internet of things' devices expands rapidly, so do security vulnerabilities to homes, businesses, governments and the internet as as whole.
While networked entertainment systems, automated security, mood lights and voice-controlled thermostats make homes more secure and productive, they're also just good fun.
The Achilles' heel of law technologies: training. Only 10% of such initiatives are aimed at law students, so how should this issue be managed to win the AI race?
There are several reasons people might find smart devices equipped with an always-on microphone both attractive and unsettling.
Sound alerts on digital devices are often annoying, so we've tended to opt for silence. In future, that could hold us back.
Apple's closed system may be its undoing in the smart home market.
Once you have the ability to speak to a digital assistant from any room in the house, the obvious next step is to make the house able to listen.
Can we use smart home data to better identify and report abusers, while protecting victims of domestic and family violence?
But don't worry, it's failing. For now.
Amazon's voice-controlled personal assistant device is coming to the UK and bringing smart homes with it.
Our homes are getting smarter and more connected – but at what cost to energy use?
Smart home technologies have some major security weaknesses that better design and programming could solve.
Thousands of young people with disability who end up in nursing homes lead lives of isolation and boredom. Better and smarter housing finance and support options are at last being developed.
Bad guys or law enforcement could hack into our networked gadgets to spy on everything we do – and it's not clear how a laptop's video camera or an Amazon Echo fits within wiretapping laws.
Nest's decision to render its Revolv hub products useless shows how far the home automation industry has to go.
With the addition of Wi-Fi and Bluetooth the new Raspberry Pi is even easier to put to good use.
Who is the smart home for and why has it not taken off as expected? Perhaps because it has been primarily envisioned by and for men.