Imagine if every single gadget in your life was "smart." Your self-driving car could let your house know you're on the way home so it can adjust the thermostat and kick on the lights.
Maybe your smartwatch knows from your vital signs you had a stressful day, so it has your car activate some soothing music that transfers seamlessly to your home stereo when you walk in the door. It could even tell your smart tub to draw a bath.
Your fridge could detect that you're out of milk and order some online before you even wake up. A drone delivers the milk just in time for your morning bowl of cereal. Or it could deliver an entire fresh meal based on the diet plan you've put in your health app.
Your smart mattress notes that you didn't sleep well, so it chooses a louder alarm and has the coffee maker step up the strength a bit. The possibilities are endless.
Controlling your home from a distance and getting gadgets to talk to each other sounds like science fiction, but it's real and companies are working to make the scenarios I gave above a reality. This so-called "Internet of Things" could be the next big advance in human culture and lifestyle.
However, unless something changes soon, it's also going to be the next big breach in your personal privacy. In fact, it could already be affecting you. Read on to see what I mean.