Smart Homes May Be A Little Too Smart

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Four years ago, the Nottingham group, led by the psychologist Alexa Spence, was preparing to equip a small number of buildings with monitors that would track electricity use and display the information on a Web site for the buildings’ occupants to see. First, though, the researchers decided to test the technology in their own homes. They soon discovered that the influx of data was putting their private habits on public display, to sometimes-awkward effect…

In connected homes, all roommates can see where energy is being spent. Would this make it easier and simpler to split up the bills? Some think it could make things awkward.

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