31 Dec '11, 11pm

Saving Smart Meters From a Backlash Fears of irradiation from antennas threaten to smother smart meters in the crib

Technological change constantly surprises even the attentive. The invention of the transistor went virtually unnoticed in 1947. The personal computer came together in the early 1980s with astonishing speed, humbling mainframe experts who presumed everlasting hegemony. And handheld devices married to the cellular network are redefining consumer electronics, entertainment, and even computing itself. Innovation forces engineers especially to concentrate their minds on the next big thing. Yet a big change is happening virtually unnoticed and, even worse, is inspiring fear and loathing in the masses. I speak not of vaccines or emerging variants of E. coli or mishandled nuclear reactors. I speak of the smart meter. Just as activists once cried, "Ban the bomb!" they are now crying, " Ban the smart meter! " We define ourselves as much by our enemies as our friends. The smart meter...

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