Scientists from the Federal University of Bahia in Brazil suggest that interfaces of social networking sites are likely to change to allow us to interact with things connected to the internet.
The internet of things, say the authors, could hook up with weather feeds so that your heating turns on when snow is expected.
And as things get ever more connected, you might even find that your gadgets defriend you because you’re not really needed at all.
The scientists at Bahia say that we will soon find ourselves waking up to what they dub a “social web of things”. Think, for example, that in the future you can send a text message to your house to fiddle about with the heating. You will not be necessary in the future, and, says the team: “The archicture could be extended to remove the intermediate, us, from the equation and so give us domestic bliss with minimal intervention.”