Your trash disposal habits might now require a small EMP generator before you can safely throw away a lightbulb.
Recycling is definitely contraindicated without that EMP. Or a 2 pound sledge (wear eye-protection).
The people scanning the conveyor belt to sort actual trash out of the recycling stream could quickly “monetize” burned out lightbulbs without even the bother of diving into a dumpster, and without any computer skills whatever.
Discarded smart lightbulbs reveal your wifi passwords, stored in the clear
I am quite sure this does not apply only to IoT lightbulbs.
The future is stupid, but not stupider than LIFX management. They sell you electronic security breachers so you can implant them yourself. Which would make you the stupidest.
The engineers at LIFX did not encrypt the RSA key on their “smart” lightbulbs, so an enterprising garbage collector who’d ‘learned to code’ could have root access to your home WiFi because you threw one away.
It isn’t believable that the engineers at LIFX failed to understand this problem.
Therefore, it wasn’t the engineers who decided to ship these Trojan Horses.
Therefore, protestation from LIFX that they’ve cleaned up their act is incredible.
That is, it is as credible as Google and Facebook when they claim they protect your privacy – even though selling it is how they prosper.
This is not to say LIFX planned to harvest your WiFi passwords. It is to say they just didn’t give a shit.
I can’t wait until lightbulbs speak like HAL… I wonder if you can get HAL’s voice on Alexa or Google Home?
“Sorry, I can’t do that _your name here_.”
Sadly, most Millennials wouldn’t get the reference, not having seen 2001: A Space Odyessy. I’m sure they are installing these bulbs in their parent’s basements.