”The backbones of these smart rooms are the data networks that hotels are installing to carry phone calls, video and Internet connections. The networks, for example, make it possible to offer Internet television services that store programs on servers and let guests watch shows on demand (a guest from Chicago could watch a Cubs game in London or Tokyo).”
Technology moves on, and it's speculated (and ultimately probable) that this will start making it's move into homes as well. Wouldn't it be nice if your house could turn off the heat and light when you are gone, but remember to turn it back on as you get home? Or to begin warming up your dinner moments before you pull in the driveway. Oh, computers.