A Quote, from Walter De La Mare’s famous poem ‘The Listeners’ , creates a surreal and sensual atmosphere. The references to ‘phantom listeners’ and ‘voices from the world of men’ are meant to evoke the sights and sounds of a near future with inanimate objects that ‘listen’ in the shadows. However, poetry invites the reflexivity of multiple interpretations - which is important when creating a probe. News stories probe participants, inviting them to question notions of privacy, trust and IoT. Many of the articles straddle a fine line between present and future, real and surreal, seriousness and humour, reality and fiction. The articles ask - what would the IoT be when it is pushed to the extreme ? What are our limits and boundaries ? How do our boundaries stretch and bend around trust, privacy and surveillance?