It is hard to imagine a scenario in which artificial intelligence won’t play a significant role in our daily lives8. As the ability to collect and process data based on sensors, natural language and audio-video sources improves, so the pool of knowledge that informs artificially intelligent systems decisions will increase.

With an increasing amount of useful data, predictive algorithms, inference engines and deep learning networks will help smart home technology to contextualise its surroundings. Facial and voice recognition could immediately recognise various members of the household and provide informed responses to open-ended questions, as well as alter settings and trigger systems to create an ideal living environment without the need for any human interaction.

While limited artificial intelligence is already present in our homes – thanks to smart speakers from Amazon, Google, Apple and more – the social, legal and ethical questions that a fully AI-enabled home raises have yet to be meaningfully tackled. As such systems would be capable of making independent decisions on the behalf of a homeowner, scientific, technological and government bodies will need to create frameworks so this field develops in a responsible way that keeps systems secure and occupiers safe.

While suggesting that ‘Domesday scenarios [for AI] are overstated and highly unlikely’, Harvard Professor Barbara Grosz, chair of the AI100 Standing Committee, believes that the future development of artificial intelligence will see such systems being designed to work collaboratively with human partners9:

“Much of the science-fiction narrative […] are stories that are meant to replicate human intelligence. You might ask why would we want to do that? We know how to replicate human intelligence; we also know there are many limitations to human intelligence. So I think it’s much more productive to think about AI and the systems it develops as complementing human intelligence.”


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

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Overview
What sort of world will we live in by 2030?

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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 technology-privacy trade-off
Why embracing more technology in our homes means putting a price on the vital personal data we hold.

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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.