cheap performance trumps pointless reliability in a surprisingly large number of cases.
Using dropbox or any cloud data storage provider to store sensible information is not a good idea.
Most people put total nonsense in their cloud storage, so that's fine... (hint: foreign speaker alert! "Sensible" does not mean the same thing it means in French (at least, perhaps some other language in question. for Spanish speakers, try translating "No me molestes!" for fun...)
The only interaction between this process and the outside world is through sanctioned browser interfaces.
Everything possible will be done to ensure that the same thing doesn't happen again, to avoid liability and/or a satire piece (like the Pinto gas tanks) that will kill the model involved. So a autonomous car accident will look more like an airline accident, with an investigative team coming in from wherever, and really nailing what went wrong, because just like an airline crash, hundreds of lives, sales, and big-time law suits will be on the line. That focus will change the numbers.
Look at fatality stats. When are normalized by distance travelled, it is 7.97/0.03 --> 266 times more likely to die in a car today than an airplane. That's where the direction things are going to go, only more so, because airplanes are still driven by humans, and there is an upper limit of reliability of humans that is much lower than can eventually be achieved by automation. So the airline numbers should continue to improve as automation is further refined.
If almost everyone shouldn't work, the value of human labour being practically nil, maintaining social stability and order become a problem and you need more labour to maintain order, robotic labour. Expressions like "Peace, Order, and Good Governance", "the american dream", "social justice", "life, liberty, and the pursuit f Happiness" change their meaning.
Hard to say how it will turn out...
It isn't about whether Insteon works, It does. And it is here now... and it will be crushed by wifi and homeplug as adapters for those get cheaper/easier to incorporate into hardware because they are far more flexible future facing. What these people are doing, using existing networks instead of inventing your own is just a better way to solve the problem over the long run.