Our world is changing at a fierce pace. The last generation born before the internet became commonplace are already in their twenties, and devices once considered flights of science-fiction fancy – including smartphones, virtual reality, driverless cars and robotic vacuum cleaners – have all become realities within the last decade.
As our lives become more and more connected through technology, the ways in which we communicate, work and relax are undergoing an upheaval. A paradigm shift continues to take place within our homes, workplaces and cities, as we realign the way we live to make the most of the possibilities that emerging technologies offer.
While smart home technology is by now an established concept, it is still some way from being established as a standard feature in every home. This is almost certain to change over the next decade due to advances in various technologies and other external factors – this is what this White Paper sets out to explore.
While essentially an arbitrary selection, picking 2030 as a benchmark means we can explore these external factors with a reasonable degree of certainty, allowing us to draw on existing models and research and apply current trends in the market that are likely to remain a factor over the next decade to inform our predictions about the way we will live in the future.
What sort of world will we live in by 2030?
If we fail to tackle climate change in a meaningful way, then serious environmental shifts will already be obvious by 2030. Extreme weather events and less arable land could lead to crop yields reducing by up to 5% globally1. At the same time, the World’s population is expected to rise to 8.5 billion2.
Urban spaces need to be planned more intelligently to accommodate an anticipated population boom. Information from an incredible amount of smart IoT devices3 would give cities the tools they need to provide effective management of transportation and critical infrastructure as well as enabling efficient energy distribution. Many more people will work from home at least some of the time4, while electric car technology will be making serious inroads into the automotive market5.
As our population increases, the average age will soar. People aged 65 and over currently form the fastest-growing age group in the UK, and this will grow by almost 60% in the next 20 years6. This will impact health and social care provision and force us to develop more innovative approaches to the way that we care for others. Technology will be expected to play a large role in enabling people to live healthier, happier lives into advanced age.
It's assumed that most of the housing that will exist in 2050 has already been built7. This means that, outwardly, our urban landscapes will look broadly similar to the way they do today. The big changes, however, will occur inside our properties, with new technology making our homes more energy efficient, more secure and more relaxing places to spend time in.
The Smart Home of the Future White Paper looks into the following areas:
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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.