Winter is approaching the countryside. The cold makes you realize the need for shelter. There’s a remote cottage tucked away in the trees. It’s small and sparsely furnished. Inside you spy traces of modernity hinting at an unconventional relationship with our prevailing technologies. An Ethernet cord snakes twenty feet along the kitchen floor, plugged into a laptop for internet access. The Wi-Fi router is permanently disconnected. The alarm system is set to “wireless off.” There’s a curious gadget, not much larger than a matchbox, set on the windowsill. It’s a radiofrequency detector. Turn on your smart phone anywhere in the house, and the device buzzes.
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