Following my tech rant about SMART technologies being on the rise. It occurred to me that future housing will be integrated with various forms of SMART technology. Though I cannot wait for my own AI to greet me on my return home from work honestly are smart homes a domestic future or dystopian nightmare?
As our devices become more integrated into our lives and more intertwined with objects that were once analogue, we are beginning to see more of this technology in our homes.
But is the ‘Internet of Things’ – according to Wikipedia, defined as the ‘network of physical objects embedded with electronics, software, sensors and connectivity to enable it to… exchange data with the manufacturer, operator and/or other connected device’ – really going to add resale value to your home? Will it really help sell your house quick, or at least quicker, if your refrigerator can ‘talk’ to your phone to let you know that it started defrosting the turkey?
The answer, in short, is maybe. Greater connectivity in your home not only makes life that much more convenient, but adds potential doubts about home security and privacy. Continue reading you nefarious beings to find out more.
The Tangible Advantages
The fact of the matter is that of course it is super convenient to be able to monitor your home from afar at any time of the day for potential burglary. Or take another example: of course it makes sense to integrate a smart thermostat that lets you heat up your home on a cold day before you get home from work.
There are an endless number of applications for smart tech in the house, and it goes without saying that this is not only super convenient, but also introduces a wow factor to your home that no generation before could boast about.
In the age of an increasingly historic scale of corporate hacking, there are mounting concerns being raised about not just the privacy, but the security of smart homes.
Take for instance directed advertisements as a result of increased data collection from the home. In one example, there is an increasing amount of directed advertisement about sleep remedies that appears on a Facebook news feed because their smart mattress cover – which advertises its ability to warm your bed when the ambient temperature drops – can also detect lack of deep sleep cycles.
While it can be said that most people do not mind this sort of data collection, what if that data could also be used by the consumer and not just companies that want to sell you things? The data is typically corporately owned, and the Googles of the world have little incentive to share it in order to ameliorate your personal life. Also, what happens when your personal data, which is stored on corporate servers, is hacked? These questions remained unanswered.
Then, with doors and cars that rely more and more on encryption methods to keep your person and valuables behind lock and key, it is only a matter of time before tools become available to hackers to decrypt the security behind these walls.
Is this a potential sacrifice future homeowners are willing to face? Only time – and the market – will ultimately decide the fate of the future of smart homes.