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first was the idea

by fxg.li

DIY Open Source Smart Home

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first there was an idea - the ei23 idea

Chicken or Egg
"Ei" is the German word for egg. So which came first? The idea! In this case by nature itself. Ei23 is full of good ideas for the world. So let me explain:

Basic Principles
Nature always takes the path of the least resistance, water never flows up the mountain unless a dam is in the way. We humans do only the bare minimum and tend to be comfortable. So there shouldn't be any intelligence in the universe when it uses so much energy ... But intelligence occurs in dead ends where it cannot be avoided, but not otherwise. Due to our natural comfort, however, we always slide deep into this dead end of dependency. When is the dam too high? We hand over our data and have long since been guided unnoticed by artificial intelligence and algorithms. Ei23 should free us from this dependency step by step. End with Alexa, Siri Facebook and co. Now there is only yourself!

How can it work?
If convenience brings (or has already brought) us into this situation, it may be a little uncomfortable to get us out of there. But I and many other volunteers from the open source movement have already invested a lot of work for you, so that you no longer have to start from scratch. It won't be as convenient as Amazon's Alexa, Apple's Siri, or Google's Assistant, and open source should never be seen as free. Yes, this is a call to donate to the projects we are dependent on or will make dependent on their further development. But you will be rewarded with great freedom and data ownership and a donation is still voluntary.

With ei23 we want to bring freedom back into our lives without having to do without the latest technology. We will try to make our lives "smart", without compromise and without physical, technical and financial dependency. In short, we make the world a bit better, but it's always easier said than done. So get to work, help me and the rest of the open source movement to advance our projects! I say ours very deliberately, because each of us will truly own this technique. Because even if you paid for an Alexa, it doesn't really belong to you. What if something stops working, if you miss a special function or just don't want to be bugged? If you chew furniture, it really belongs to you. You can paint, change or repair it. It should be the same with technology and software.

How is ei23 funded?
Instructions and software are available under an open source license. Do you use them and are satisfied, think of the amount of work behind such projects. It's not free, even if we OpenSource guys don't ask directly for money. I hope for donations. In case that the donations are not sufficient, I will develop and manufacture my own hardware components and sell them through an ei23 shop, or something like that, and try to keep ei23 alive with the profits. If necessary, offer premium memberships or a subscription with extended support and additional instructions.
Thanks for reading, that means a lot to me.

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