I recently read this post over on Skeptics which concludes that many consumer computers contain components which can access the internet and perform operations while the computer is powered off. The post states that there is limited utility from these services for many consumers:
It is unclear to me what potential benefits there could be to this system in ordinary consumer computers, not managed by an IT department, but per the Wikipedia page quoted above (and other sources I've seen) this technology is included in consumer devices: "Currently, AMT is available in desktops, servers, ultrabooks, tablets, and laptops with Intel Core vPro processor family, including Intel Core i3, i5, i7".
What benefit, if any, do typical consumers (not managed by an IT department) get from lights out management? (i.e. why does Intel bother engineering this into their chips?)