reply to michieru
Re: I'm all for speed What I meant by energy is that some electric utility companies, such as EPB Fiber in TN, have created a path, using fiber optic connections, to a smart electrical grid. At present the usage is primitive. Next generation appliances and HVAC may continuously communicate back to the the electric utility. A "smart" house may deliver all types of information back to utilities. The utilities then use this to fine tune how they are delivering services and at what cost, based on previous customer input as to what they want to happen under certain conditions.
As for device inefficiency, I am seeing coworkers whose families are moving in the direction of the scenario I proposed. They use high end PCs or workstations for CAD/CAM modeling, video editing, or gaming. They have laptops to function on the go. The tablets are for traveling very lightly. Smartphones will soon be the majority devices available for purchase. The lack of variety in basic mobile phones from each carrier is only going to get worse. Yes, the people I work with are engineers, scientists, and CAM operators. Their spouses are teachers, professors, web application developers, software developers, and video advertising creators. I met a high school teacher in Florida who had a high end Mac Pro and a MacBook to do video projects in addition to a comprehensive SLR and video camera setup collection. She had a Blackberry. That was several years ago. If she is still teaching I can imagine she has added an iPad tablet and a iPhone smart phone to her equipment collection. Her husband had a fancy PC and laptop set up to deal with his large outdoor sign printing business. Blackberry also.
We are getting more internet connecting capable devices into our lives, not less. Might we do without some of those devices in the name of efficiency? Yes. But to do so is not necessary. I know people with large mechanics tool sets or cooking cutlery sets. Do they use each piece everyday? No. But it sure is nice to have just the right tool to do the job when you want to do certain tasks.