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Smart Homes of the Future and Our Way of Living


Our next Paradigm shift topic is in our homes and our way of living.

What we once thought of as just a structure that is there to protect us and our family from environment and maybe a way to show wealth, will be transformed into a smart home.

             Yes the idea is not new and uber rich have transformed their homes into true smart ones (Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg for example). I’m talking about the masses here, think of Cell Phones when they first came out, only “rich” afforded them. When prices went down and masses started buying them, technology leaped fast and now everyone has one or two phones.

            Same will happen with our homes and the trend has started with Fridges knowing what food you have and might need to Artificial Intelligence (AI) by Amazon, Google & Apple with products such as Alexa, Google Home and the likes. We now have an always on device that listens to our voices and responds, “living” in our homes!

           Let’s fast forward 5-10 years from now, what do you see? AI becomes common on most homes. So what? you might say, big deal I can turn lights on and off with my voice or have to do grocery list sent to my phone from my fridge.

          Open your mind. With devices similar to Google Home and Alexa gathering data from our habits and living to smart wear technology. Our homes will be few steps ahead of us. Internet speeds will be 10x more that they are now and that be the new normal. Fiber optics instead of coax cable be the one going to our homes. (we do need the bandwidth for all of this)

 

My Future prediction:

  1. Remember the solar panels our homes will have? The AI will Managing our power needs, sending it to proper appliances while turning others off to conserve energy. Your house now has TVs, Ovens, Microwaves, Game console, WiFi Routers etc connected and drawing power (even when they are off). With AI those be completely disconnected until you come back home.  Motion sensors in the house be the norm as well…no more asking kids :Did you turn your room light off? It be our kids in future saying to their children: Back in my days I had to run upstairs to turn my bedroom lights off, you kids have it so easy these days!
  2. With our wearable technology (smartphone, smartwatch, implants! etc), the devices will relay our information to our home. The AI in the house will either crank up heat, turn AC on and maybe turn oven on for meals to be cooked!
  3. Smart devices (I will call them pods for now) will have infrared sensors and other wave sensors. Those sensors with mic in the Pods will know who is in the room and set the “mood” according to this person. Stranger enters → Speed dial cups oops I mean send message to nearest station.
  4. Smart Fridge with AI, knows your habits. They will automatically send info for certain grocery orders to be ordered and delivered by drones to your door steps. Actually I can take this further by saying, the drone (depending on order) will fly into your house to put grocery in the fridge. Impossible? No way you say! Amazon now can deliver your package inside your house if you chose to while you are away! 
  5. TVs and game console. Have you noticed how thin TVs become with larger screens. This will be OLD technology, hologram will be the norm. No more this “large screen” in-front of us but a tiny device that project a 3D Hologram image that is visible from any angle!  CNN attempted this back in 2008! While CNN anchor didn’t see the 3D image but viewers did. This Star Wars idea will happen. Game consoles will follow in this trend. Remote controls and game console controllers will be ..a thing of the past. 
  6. Wearable technology has heart monitors. This will expand in future maybe to include:
    • Blood Pressure monitor
    • O2 level
    • Take blood sample to test sugar level (maybe via non invasive way)
    • Or even have a small AI health monitor at home that does all that plus take blood sample.
    • So on

This will translates to our home AI reading the data, and either schedule Dr. appointment for you or make suggestions on diet changes.

 

     7. Our cars…Hello Self driving. But this be self driving on steroids. Do we really need people to drive cars anymore?

  • Lets say your grocery order is too much for drones to deliver via air. Well Grocery store can send automated car to your address to deliver food
  • What about all these delivery drivers for Pizza and other fast food. That be way in the past. Cars or drones will deliver your order. Labor cost will go down so will insurance. One person can run Pizza shop. Automated order and making with automated delivery.
  • With self driving cars no more congested traffic, dreadlocks or even accidents.

 

What all this means for current companies?

  1. Security companies such as ADT, Senitrol and the like will cease to exists. They will go in same fashion as Blockbuster and Video rental companies went out. Our Pods will act as our Eyes and ears in our homes. Yes some might say big brother watching and gathering data but whether we like it or not it’s here and new generation is more comfortable with it. Stay away from investing in those security companies, their model and cost hasn’t changed in years and I don’t see them changing any time soon.
  2. Electric cars. TESLA and the likes will not be mainstream until they solve battery charging issue. It’s great for in town driving and have car charged while at home. Batteries needs to get           smaller to pack more in same space, able to pack lots of power, charges quickly and doesn’t overheat during the process. Would you drive long distance knowing (while it’s free) you have to stop for 30 min to refuel ? Look for companies that will solve this issue.
  3. Insurance companies will have major consolidation. With AI running our lives in away, accidents will be dropping.  Car insurance such as Progressive monitors your driving for additional discounts (of course you have to agree for device to be installed in your car) We aren’t far from this being reality to health insurance with various wearable devices, making sure we are following “healthy” lifestyle. i.e.  couch potatoes be penalized for not moving, smokers be dinged and any other abnormalities or behavior changes be monitored by the Pod AI at your home. Those AI Pods will relay to insurance companies the information that can be taken for or against you. Invest in companies that creates these models while reducing costs

 

Speaking of Health insurance..this will be our next topic and prediction

References:

Mark Zuckerberg – Facebook CEO Smart house

CNN hologram

Startup Developed a Promising New Battery Material

Self Driving Cars

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Where is technology taking us?


This is part of a series that will be published over few weeks….

Technology and the “good Ole Days” do you remember when technology moved at speed of snail?

Take for example VHS tapes to DVD: Most people had time to adjust and replace their VHS tapes with DVD players, then came Blu-Ray to try and take over DVD players, while some have upgraded (I wasn’t one) a new player came to market called Netflix with new idea streaming movies to our homes, no longer going to Blockbuster Video (remember them) or order your DVDs from Netflix, poof it streams to your TV now.  

Same goes for music, 8 Track to Cassette Player to CDs to MP3 players and now like movies stream through your “smart” TV, phone, or speakers for that matter.

Moore’s law had prediction of doubling the components in the circuits (microchip) every 18 months. During my college time and early one to me that translated to speed of computing power and wanting the new and latest Computer. Do we see this trend now?

We as a race are on the verge of new and exciting future, a future were before we can exhale our breath a new technological advance shows up.

Some might be skeptic and say what’s left to come up with? We have it all, we didn’t have this or that when we were kids! (Sounds familiar?) To those I ask them did you imagine carrying a phone with you all the time that does what your computer back in 1990s did? Or how about order a taxi cab and actually arriving to your location in less than 10 minutes!

 

Let us examine Few of new paradigm shifts (over few posts) we are having lately:

In my own small town USA (Evansville). Solar panels are being erected for the school corporation and people are installing panels on their roofs. Elon Musk company created Solar Panels that would go on house instead of normal Asphalt shingles! What is the big deal you ask?

Let us think outside the box for a moment and look into the future: Solar Shingles pricing starts to drop down almost (maybe a bit higher) to price of normal roofing materials → People will start installing when roofs gets redone or on new housing projects are being built → Electricity starts to be supplied on local level between neighbors → Utility companies shift from having multiple Power plants to One in area while acting as intermediary for power line connections and maybe broker between people trading their power! YES Solar is only good during day BUT you forgot Tesla building biggest battery power plant in Australia (100MW +) and we still have wind to supply power and save it in battery pack!

This translates to  future demise of large power plant projects and existing ones and moving towards more module plants. Utility companies will no longer needs this huge capital investments to build those plants and staff them. Work will shift into making the “network” of power more reliable and better connected. In other words no more black out if one of major power plants got hit or big transformer is blown out due to natural disaster. Utility companies (if smart enough, but my money on other technology disturbers) would reroute power if connection got broken, or take it further and start sending power over the air. Over the air? Some of us out there already do this when charging your smart phones. You no longer plug the phone to power source but set it on a mat and it charges!

Our homes will be smart in providing power to your neighbor if their house consuming more by selling power to them if their system can’t generate enough for their needs. OR if neighborhood/subdivision your house is at  (I see areas being divided into grids/squares etc for better power consumption and stability of system) produces more than Grid wants then power gets transferred to another Grid or for that matter the battery bank for the Grid to be used at night time. As mentioned wind can play a factor by installing small wind turbines either on top of house or even in yard that can be disguised as a tree. Think of small fins spinning around, remember you are only looking for small amount to generate, but when you add sum of everyone on your grid….

 

This is just a glimpse to what I see happening within 15-20 years from now

 

While we still on subject of homes, the next topic to follow be “Inside of our homes”

 

References:

Moore’s Law info

Tesla Biggest Battery Power Plant

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