Should Coffeepots Talk?

Smart appliances may make people's lives more complex

Andrew M. Odlyzko doesn't seem like a man who would be fazed by complexity. As the head of the Mathematics & Cryptography Research Dept. at AT&T Labs, he is a leading expert in the math used to keep secrets secret and to secure e-commerce. But he has little tolerance for difficulty in computing, so he has spent a lot of time thinking about how to make computers easier for nonexperts.

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