Our world is becoming digitized at breakneck speed, with manufacturers putting internet-connected computers into everyday objects from the lights in our homes to even cars and medical devices. This phenomenon, known as the “Internet-of-Things”, is making our lives more convenient in many ways – but in many cases companies are able to make sure strings are attached long after we make a purchase. Whether its your Epson printer being bricked remotely so you buy a new one or keeping your tractor from receiving third-party repairs, companies are using “digital rights management” (DRM) as powerful tool to control machines long after they are purchased – and with profit in mind. This week, Cory explains how we got to this DRM dystopia and what can be done to avoid a future where every object in our home is ruled by corporations.
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Music: Acid Jazz – Kevin MacLeod