Living In a Smart (Aleck) Home

My smart alarm clock went off this morning, 15 minutes earlier than the 6:30 a.m.I had it set for. “What’s going on?” I wondered out loud, apparently loud enough for my clock to hear.

“You know what traffic is like on Mondays, Jason,” my clock responded in asoothing yet affirmative tone. “Leaving 15 minutes earlier will make a huge difference.”

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The "Hierarchy" of Needs and the Connected Home

Back in 1943, humanist psychologist Abraham Maslow introduced his now- famous concept of a “Hierarchy of Needs.” In short, he theorized that people are motivated to fulfill various basic needs before moving on to other, more advanced needs.

While he produced several versions, the most prevalent form of Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs includes five m

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