Silent dishwashers are definitely and improvement, especially if your dishwasher is near your living room like in most homes. Ann lives a gated community, and rarely does the dishes, so she doesn't get it. Agree on the ringer and the silly restroom technologies. I understand the water tech in that they want to limit water usage, but the towel dispenser thing is obtuse. How hard is it to pull down a sheet of paper? Also, people have a tendency to just wave in front of red eye and get several feet of towls. Ecology wise, auto dispensers use batteries that have to be disposed of which defeats the eco purpose of the water facets. Low tech is usually just as good as high tech, but we always have to keep up with the Jones.