In a packed news conference at the Consumer Electronics Show here in
A future in which, thanks to tech giant LG, we will be able to text our washing machine to check how it is getting on.
As we ponder what our washing machine might text back (mine: "Who is this?") it is chance to recognise the progress of technology in connecting our lives to our devices through the web and back again.
CES will see some 20,000 new products unveiled - for the home, car, office, outer space, wrist, head, mouth - and driving almost all is that theory of the "connected life".
Not only will the "internet of things" drive an explosion in the number of devices in the next 30 years, but also increase our reliance on them.
Even today, newer and cheaper sensor technology enables devices to read us and respond in extraordinary ways. It is only going to get more advanced.
Add in the advances at that critical intersection of content and hardware and the potential, even in the short-term, is endless.
Then the in-built smart
Almost all of the increasingly smart, highly connected, new devices, many of them wearable, are marketed towards health and fitness benefits for the mass market.
The people who want them for gaming or geeking are apparently already sold.
The sales pitch that a smart watch will make you fitter and happier is clever opportunism in our sedentary age.
How many of the dozens of wearables here, that actually survive and thrive, will tell us if we can believe the prediction that 2014 is the year they become mainstream.
It is what makes CES an interesting place to be - watching TVs and phones get bigger and curvier and everything seemingly connect to everything else.
LG, by the way, also says you'll be able to ask your vacuum cleaner for a "history of its activity".
That would seem to be a slippery slope.
And when the washing machine can tweet, we'll all have to worry.
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