The trade-off between personal data and access to services has become a prominent moral discussion over the last few years. Our personal data is a powerful currency that is crucial for AI systems to work effectively. As this becomes more widespread, using certain technology systems is a choice that erodes our right to privacy.

That said, there are ways that a more open approach to personal data could benefit us. Merging personal calendar data with traffic reporting can let you know when to leave for work in the morning. Sharing data on your weekly shop and the food in your kitchen would allow an AI system to recommend recipes based on the ingredients available. In terms of home insurance, there are already businesses that install smart home technology for free in return for useful data that can keep houses safer and more secure, thereby reducing the number of claims being made19.

Many data experts believe that ‘a public life is the new default’ and that modern technology will make it hard to maintain privacy20. Some might choose to opt out of this or find a privacy balance that works for them. However, for many the convenience gained will outweigh any doubts they might have about sharing their private data. As Alf Rehn, Chair of Management and Organisation at Abo Akademi University in Finland, believes:

“Privacy will be a luxury, not a right – something that the well-to-do can afford, but which most have learnt to live without.”

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The Smart Home of the Future White Paper looks into the following areas:

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Artificial intelligence in the home
Will this new field find a place in our homes, and how can we develop such systems in a safe, secure manner?

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Smart homes, cities and grids
How increased connectivity will help our homes and cities manage energy and mitigate against natural disasters more effectively.

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Creating adaptable living spaces

How a shrinking physical footprint means we must redefine residential space to do more with less.


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Cybersecurity and smart security systems
How the critical shortfall in cybersecurity experts poses a threat, and how we can secure our homes more effectively with technology.

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The future of VR/AR in our daily lives

How this nascent industry might become an important part of our daily lives – both in our homes and further afield.

About the White Paper series

Designed and produced by Andrew Lucas, the Smart Home White Paper series explores several important aspects of the connected home and offers insight on how this exciting sector is evolving. Drawing heavily on the expertise of our award-winning smart home specialists Andrew Lucas London and our virtual reality division Andrew Lucas Studios, these White Paper publications offer a credible overview based on more than a decade of experience and knowledge of the above sectors.