When I worked at the phone company back in the 1980's, there was a new technology that came to the market. ISDN stands for: Integrated Services Digital Network. It allowed simultaneous voice and digital data over the same twisted pair line. The running joke at USWest at the time was that ISDN really stood for: Integrated Services (customers) Don't Need. It was a technology that was expensive, with little demand for it. 

Recently, I've noticed a couple other technologies that fall into that category. 

I was having a conversation with a friend of mine about self-driving cars. He and I agreed that we both want our foot on the accelerator, not some CPU. And we really don't want some trucker reading Overdrive Magazine next to us on the interstate. 

I've talked to several people for their opinion, and although it's no scientific poll, no one wants a self-driving car. There sure are a lot of companies developing this technology. I wonder what the real "driver" (pardon the pun) is for this nightmare.

I travel a lot for work, so I stay in hotels over 100 nights a year. In the last year, there has been a disturbing trend to install motion sensors in the rooms that control the heating and air conditioning. If it doesn't sense movement in the room, it shuts off. I don't know about you, but when I sleep, I'm not jumping around much. So the system will shut down, and I will either wake up sweating in the summer or freezing in the winter. Smart ones they are. 

I'll call this new technology TCMCA - Thermostat Control that Makes Customers Angry

I have 40 years in telecom and spend most of my time helping Clearfield customers design and implement fiber networks. Fiber to the X is highly successful and wanted by customers, both residential and for business class services. Nothing is faster than the speed of light, just ask Einstein. I'm blessed to work in an industry and for a company, building products and supplying services customers actually want.