We were initially inspired by object-oriented ontology (OOO), which is a 21st-century Heidegger-influenced concept that rejects the privileging of human existence over the existence of nonhuman objects. The theory sees artifacts with agency independent of humans. Such perspective is especially relevant to the discussion of IoT devices, since automation allows their performances to require less and less human engagement. What’s more, with their growing intelligence and the large amount of data collected by the devices, they are even able to make more complex decisions. The growing independence of the smart home devices makes it easy for us humans to put an animistic view on the devices and to shift our perspective away from human-centric.
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