Your cellphone rings. A voice tells you that you need a gallon of milk and you have about a week's worth of mustard left for the family-pack of Hebrew Nationals you bought last weekend.
You make a mental note to make a supermarket stop on the way home from work tonight.
No, it wasn't your wife who called, it was your refrigerator.
A recent Wall Street Journal blurb announced a joint venture between Verizon and Qualcomm to provide "machine to machine communication" via cellular equipment.
Machines are already smart, they just need to communicate. Once they do that, who needs you?