Living the future

What can the houses of tomorrow be?

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A house in which, from the washing machine to the clock radio, all appliances perform their tasks automatically and in harmony with one another, or apartments in which a quiet word suffices to switch off the stove or to remove the refrigerator According to many scientists, living in the future might look like this.

The question: "How will we live tomorrow?" Has always fascinated people and inspired not only architects and designers, but increasingly also computer scientists, equipment manufacturers and engineers to ever new models. More than ever before, the vision of the "House of the Future" is the subject of intense international research and experimentation. The first pilot projects are already in place and many home appliance manufacturers are already boasting of "thinking" dishwashers, refrigerators and microwave ovens.

Still, however, the previous "e-homes" are nothing more than isolated pilot projects. And even thinking home appliances already exist on the market, but are therefore not necessarily useful in any home or house environment. The experts also estimate that a real market maturity can not be talked about in the field of home automation - among other things because uniform standards are missing or are still being developed.

The possibilities of "intelligent" networking and automation in the home and work area seem large. In almost all areas, whether safety, climate control, energy, consumer electronics or even health care and care for the elderly, thought-provoking technology is theoretically applicable. But how useful is this in detail? And how far has development progressed here? And do not we perhaps even fear that one day we will be "disempowered" by the ubiquitous technology, as some skeptics fear?

Writers have long taken up the emerging development and built them into their works: For example, Philip Kerr describes in his thriller "Game over" the rampage of an "Intelligent" office building in Los Angeles - with fatal consequences for its inhabitants. display

In the meantime, experts have also accepted this supposed or real danger and not only examined the technical background, but also carried out initial studies on the acceptance and fears of the population in relation to home automation.

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As of: 11.02.2005