Technology has never moved in human history as fast as it has since the turn of the century. Mobile web was not mainstream until as recently as 2006. 2010 was the first year the public were introduced to voice assisted AI. The first autonomous vehicle hit Australian roads in 2018. Social networks gained popularity in 2005. These are all now considered staples (or soon to be) by much of the first world. With the prevalence of technology, we now experience a previously unknown dilemma – Should we future-proof our homes to keep up with the speed of technology or continue to build homes as we always have? Numerous technology advances will occur in the next 100 years that can’t be currently forecast, but there are many foreseeable and even current advancements that can be integrated into the home to nearly eliminate future home redundancy, or at least a messy retrofit prone to system failure.
Your smartwatch has sensed your blood pressure reaching higher levels than normal during your particularly hot, stressful workday. After checking with your calendar to make sure that you have no other plans for tonight, it asks “do you want to initiate the “chill-out” protocol, to which you say, “yes”.
You arrive home in your autonomous vehicle at the moment that the delivery guy from your Thai restaurant is walking back to his car after dropping off your favourite meal and some cool beers on your doorstep. Inside, the bath has run itself and Coltrane is playing on the house speakers. The house is cool since blinds shut up the house the moment it reached 27oC earlier today, and the high ventilating windows opened themselves during the day. They are closed now however, since a cool change is coming and rain is on it’s way. In fact the humidity readings tell the clothesline to cover itself with the retractable awning too. After a bath and a feed, the TV suggests a movie to watch based on your predicted mood from facial recognition and smartwatch healthapp data.
You shuffle off to bed not worrying about setting an alarm. The house will wake you up with your morning playlist and the smell of coffee at the time necessary to get to work based on the traffic conditions.
Some of these functions are still not yet available to the market, but we are not very far off from realising such an example.