Home of the Future Contest

My Simple Home

As time goes on, our homes become more and more technologically advanced. Which makes some people think, what will our homes look like ten years from now? Ten years from now I hope that our homes help make our lives a lot easier. Not necessarily making everyday tasks easier but make our lives a lot less worrisome. Our homes will hopefully have a lot more security and keeps everyone living in them a lot safer. Ten years from now all our homes will be a lot more energy efficient, not because people pay for that themselves, but because that’s how our homes will be built. Rather than using electrical energy all our houses will be using solar energy. It eventually makes everything cheaper and way more efficient.

Right now we are starting to be able to control certain things in our homes with our smart phones, but 10 years from now we are going to be able to control everything. Things like heating, air conditioning, lights, locks, and maybe even our windows will all be able to be controlled from our pockets, no matter where we are. Almost everything in our houses are going to be automated. Everything will be a lot easier to use, and be a lot more efficient. All the technology in our homes will be a lot more sturdy and will last longer. Things in our home will not have to be fixed as often. Things like our refrigerators, dishwashers, ovens, washers, and dryers, will last longer than they do now, and parts will be easily replaceable.

That’s what our technology in our homes will come to in the future at the rate they’re going, but what do I hope my future home is like? My hope is that my home is much more energy efficient. I don’t want to have to pay as much for my home to have power. 10 years from now I hope my future home has my own little home office. I want to be able to have the technology to be able to have the technology to work from home. I wanna be able to do my own research for my career while I’m at home or while I have some free time. A nice and quiet area that no one can disturb me in.

Also I want in my home a separate room just for animals, I want a couple of dogs and cats, maybe others too. I want to have an open temperature controlled room with large windows for the animals. I want to keep it temperature controlled separate from other rooms to make sure it is comfortable for the animals when they are in that room. In this room I would like to have it so it’s easy to clean just in case something happens while I’m out. It’s not required but I would like to have a self cleaning litter box, because there are times when I have the tendency to forget about the small things too, and to have that in my home will keep it clean and healthy for the animals.

I would also like a small and energy efficient home gym. I want to be able to stay in shape year round. I love to work out and to have that in my home would be great. This room would also be separate in temperature rather than the rest of my home. I don’t want it too hot or too cold while I am working out. In there I want a voice activated water cooler, so when I need some water during my workout I just have to say something and walk over when it’s filled. It’s makes everything quicker and saves time during my day.

I don’t want everything in my home to be automated though. There will probably be things available that makes everything automated, but it shows that I am responsible and I’m not too lazy of a person so I’d rather have as little things automated as possible. I am not somebody who minds doing everyday household tasks.

Ten years from now our technology in this world is going to be a lot more advanced. Our at home lives as well as our work and outside lives are going to be much easier. Our lives are going to probably be much more efficient and much less stressful compared to now, but there is no telling exactly what might happen in the future. We don’t know where are technology is going, but if it progresses the way it has been over the years we may not have to lift a finger for anything within the next ten years. I don’t want to live life that way, my home ten years from now will have as little things automated as possible. It’d drive me insane having everything done for me

 

Got Milk? The Home of the Future

In a letter to a friend, Henry David Thoreau once wrote, “What is the use of a fine house if you haven’t got a tolerable planet to put it on?” Though this philosophical query was written nearly 160 years ago, it is timely today. As the human population continues to expand, environmental pollution from fossil fuel and myriad other wastes threaten the quality of the planet we live on. A home of the future, even a future as close as 10 years hence, will live symbiotically with the earth, utilizing clean energy and natural materials while cultivating plant life and providing its residents with a peaceful, stress-free dwelling.
What are the characteristics of this home? A home of the future is extremely well planned. Every square foot, inside and out, will be used to its maximum potential to make the home work for its residents. Firstly, the home will be self-sustainable—have net zero energy use– in that it will use clean power sources in the form of solar, wind and/or geothermal energy. For example, the home may use design elements of passive solar heating and cooling as well as solar panels installed on its sloping rooftops for storing energy. Living in New England, I realize that snow and ice often obstruct solar panels. Slick, non-textured panels will allow snow to slide off for homes in snowy climates and prevent ice buildup by releasing heat. Because we can also take advantage of the fact that our planet releases energy from its core in the form of heat, the home of the future may harness geothermal energy using thermal pumps; it could also harness wind power. Additionally, for energy efficiency the surface area of the home will be reduced: the greater the surface area the greater the loss of heat. While spherical homes have the best ratio of surface area to volume, most people feel they lack comfort in layout, but an imaginative architect can engineer a compromise between energy efficiency and the utility of a cubic layout.
Secondly, to reduce harm to environment, homes of the future will be built with predominately natural, biodegradable or recyclable materials. Wood is biodegradable yet sustains abusive winds, rain, ice and snow. Natural materials will insulate the home’s walls; cellulose and mineral wool are natural and “green” forms of insulation; they do not release harmful gases like “spray foam” insulation does. Rooftops will be designed to harvest rainwater during the growing season for the irrigation of rooftop agricultural gardens. While urban farming may not be for everyone, easily grown plants sequestered in designated areas of the house will provide an oxygen-enriched atmosphere for residents, resulting in better cognitive function and sense of wellbeing.
Natural lighting in the home of the future will be maximized through skylights and windows with high insulating values. Houses may be designed in a modern minimalist style for the sake of cleaning and reducing germs. They will be furnished and decorated with natural elements, such as stone and wood, elements that are connected with lower stress levels and blood pressure in a home’s occupants. Our clean and simplified home will become our partner in living, like a symbiotic organism; and its creation will better enable us to maintain Thoreau’s “tolerable planet.” It may even take on its own personality through our addition of “Smart” features, like voice-recognition LED lights that turn on and off with just a word, and refrigerators that send us a text when we’re low on milk…

Aubrey Specht is a sophomore at Tufts University, studying biochemistry with a minor in architectural studies. She aspires to attend veterinary school and study public health through the lens of the animal kingdom.

 

How My Home in Ten Years Will Change the Market

Smart home technology has come so far and is becoming more common to see in homes today. The smart home technology saves us time, money, energy, and connects our homes appliances to one another. My future home, in ten years, should be able to be a cleaner more self sustaining home. With the progression of global warming we need to utilize smart home technology to its maximum potential to make homes as efficient as possible to save energy and resources. However, the look of it also has to provide for progression in homes to a futuristic look and feel. It also has be attractive if it is going to survive in the on the market and become popular.

The home that I see to be my ideal home in the future, should run off of as much energy as it can from resources that are provided from the environment it is in. The house should be equipped to run off of energy sources such as solar energy and wind power. In combination with smart home technology, if all our appliances are connected, the house can figure out how to utilize the energy it receives in the most efficient way possible to power these devices. When getting this energy from its surroundings it needs an efficient way to store the energy so that the least amount of energy is lost. A very effective means of storing energy for these smart homes I believe is to use hydrogen fuel cells that can be kept in a basement or garage. These provide energy storage with very little to no self discharge and stores almost all power that is provided to them.

The house should have the ability to utilize energy not just in the form of electricity but also in the sense of heating and cooling. The setup should offer easy air flow on the inside of the house, but also allows you to open up the house on nicer days to use natural air flow as it source of cooling. However, the house needs to have very good insulation to be able to keep you from losing heat or cold to the surrounding air and protect against the outside elements. As a source for heating I see geothermal energy as an ideal way for future homes to heat their climate and water. Utilizing smart home technology the house could decide when is the best time to open up their windows to either heat up or cool down the house.

Lighting for smart homes should utilize natural lighting as much as possible during the day whether that be by mirroring light throughout the home, or if the setting of the house is already in a place that the house can be illuminated by light flowing into it. In the case of the mirroring, the smart home can adjust the mirroring based on the time of day to keep the entire house lit up throughout the day.

The goal of this house to is to leave as small of a carbon imprint as possible. I plan to use wood as a backup heat source. Using wood as a backup heat source would not impact the environment as harshly as oils used today. I would take the wood from the property surrounding the house and any wood that is removed to build the house. If branches need to be removed from trees in the lawn or surrounding area this wood should also be stored for the alternative heating source.
The landscaping of the home should be focused on plants and trees instead of grass because grass produces less oxygen in its life span than the carbon dioxide that is created when the grass is being decomposed. To add a beneficial process to the plants and trees around the home they should be fruit or vegetable bearing plants or be able to provide some benefit to the owners of the house to make it more appealing of environment, but also to make the house more self sustaining. To water these plants the house should have a way to collect rain water or precipitation from the natural elements to be distributed to the plants only in the most efficient manner utilizing a possible new form of smart home technology. This would connect the condition of the soil to an irrigation system so none of the water goes to waist. Also, collected rainwater can be channelled through small generators on the way to a water tank and that collected water can also be used to flush toilets.

 

Efficiency and Sentience; a Better Home of the Future

Contemporary developments in housing have always been designed to meet consumer demands. In the wake of recent global responsiveness to climate change, efforts to improve energy consumption have been made in the industry. Advancements in clean and sustainable energy are conducive to viable solutions which are now actively being employed in new housing, as well as in older homes. However, these solutions work in the old model of simply supplying energy in the form of heat and electricity and may not achieve the full needs of the homeowner. My future home will be designed with intrinsic technology, built into the very dwelling. It will not only meet up to the moment energy demands, but will improve ease of living in all aspects of home ownership while at the same time decreasing my own carbon footprint.
I have lived in the northeast all of my life, so my knowledge of architecture in other parts of the world is somewhat limited. Housing in my area uses a lot of lumber, brick and various metals. Due to geographical environmental factors, the materials used in my future home will vary depending on those which are needed and available in the region I choose to live in. For example: cement in southern climates or clay roofing in the west.
Assuming that I stay in the northeast both heating and cooling will be an important consideration. My parents used to point out the houses with more icicles on them, saying that winter was the best time to notice flaws in construction. This is because houses with more icicles have inadequate insulation; more heat escapes, melting the snow on top, forming icicles. No system is one hundred percent energy efficient, but advances in insulation can make it so a stable temperature is kept inside. Closed-cell spray polyurethane foam insulation provides higher resistance to heat flow, and therefore offers a greener, more efficient alternative to traditional fiberglass insulation. My future house will incorporate materials like this so less money and energy is spent heating and cooling my home.
To keep energy consumption low my home would include devices to produce electricity from renewable sources. Solar panels would be built into the roof, in the form of solar shingles, instead of added on after at a higher cost. This green energy would reduce the amount of energy taken from outside sources, such as power plants, effectively reducing both homeowner costs and greenhouse gas emissions.
However, better insulation and sustainable energy does not solve all of a homeowners energy issues. Ingrained habits, such as leaving lights on or falling asleep in front of the television, can waste energy as well. Water is also something that is wasted by homeowners on a daily basis.
My ideal home would have an artificial intelligence system built in which would manage many things and make automatic decisions for improvement. A.I. would take measurements for usage of electricity, turning appliances off or on as necessary. Heating and cooling needs would be calculated and those areas would immediately be adjusted for optimal energy needs.
By utilizing different sensors, an A.I. system could improve home maintenance by noticing things like thermal leaks and notifying the homeowner or fixing them itself. Vacuum bots, self cleaning facilities, and other home maintenance systems would be linked into the system for better coordination and efficiency.
An A.I. system could also help manage home security and safety systems. Potential threats would be identified immediately and an appropriate response would be initiated. By coordinating with local police and other emergency services, it could potentially make home life much safer and deter future robberies, fires, and other emergencies. Future systems would not only detect, but be able to seek out potential threats with the same accuracy as an actual security official. This differs from traditional security systems which simply wait for the suspected individual to walk across a motion tracker or break a pane of glass. The A.I. system could also act as an effective doorman, detecting when I arrived home and shutting down the intruder system when not needed.
Certainly some current advances in these areas come close to this level but they are not yet a household standard. Josh.ai works from an app on a tablet or phone to control the lights and stereo system, however it is not yet built directly into the home’s design. My future home would have this kind of A.I. system built into the house itself.
In addition to the indwelling use of A.I., another aspect to a home is the use of space. Today’s housing has a very defined use of space and the versatility of that area is limited. Kinetic buildings could help future homeowners with their use of space. This type of housing would be designed with the ability to change to fit the needs of the homeowner at any time. For instance, say I wanted to create a larger area to accommodate a party for a hundred guests. The traditional layout of my home would not function well enough for such a large gathering. Having the ability to move walls within the home to redesign my spatial needs would be a huge advantage.
A home would also need to keep up with other technological advances. Take electric sockets for example. Newer homes have USB charging ports built into these wall sockets. My house would have even more advanced appliances like these to keep up with the ever changing world of communications and entertainment devices.
Ongoing advancements in technology will create my home of the future; one that will communicate with me, notifying me of threats when they arise and providing me with recommendations. It will make decisions based on intelligent design, feedback and my own personal choices. It will mold to fit my ever changing needs while still staying secure and energy efficient. This new home will be better both for the environment and for me as a homeowner. I can’t wait to move in.

 

The History behind Virtual Reality

The earliest attempts of achieving VR, according to the Virtual Reality Society (2015) who delves into the usage and purpose of the contemporary technology, are “the 360-degree murals (or panoramic paintings) from the nineteenth century. These paintings were intended to fill the viewer’s entire field of vision, making them feel present at some historical event or scene.” (V.R.S., 2015). An example of these murals is shown in Figure III, a painting depicting the Battle of Borodino, painted in 1812, just a little over two hundred and four years ago! By studying the painting, it gives the viewer the ability to feel a part of the action, which was Louis-François Lejeune’s (1812) intended point. Though there is not anything technological about panoramic paintings, in comparison to what we’ve seen with the HTC Vive, the comprehension of becoming a part of a different reality was very much imminent in the minds of the creative.
The idea of VR would not limit itself to the visions of struggling artists, but would progress rapidly; only a mere century later would the first aviation simulator be utilized in order to train potential pilots in World War II. Electromechanical technology would be incorporated to what was called the “Link Trainer,” named after its creator Edward Link (1931), which would be “used by over 500,000 pilots for initial training and improving their skills” (V.R.S., 2015). These pilots would never have to leave the ground to experience the situations and complications that piloting would bring, such as turbulences and other disturbances. This simulation would not only bring an inexperienced pilot the proper training, but also would keep him safe from the dangers of the sky. This example of early VR shows that this technology is not just meant for entertainment; that VR, even in the 1930s into the 40s would be beneficial in the careers posted by our military.
And further still, this technology and idea of becoming a part of an artificial reality has yet to reach new heights. In the 1950s into early 60s, Morton Heilig (1962) would create “an arcade-style theatre cabinet that would stimulate all the senses, not just sight and sound” (V.R.S., 2015) called Sensorama. This technological upgrade would be for entertainment purposes, unlike the simulator for the pilots, but would have even more realistic effects on the user. It “featured stereo speakers, a stereoscopic 3D display, fans, smell generators and a vibrating chair” (V.R.S., 2015) in order for the viewer to completely be immersed in the film’s environment, going above and beyond just sight and hearing. Heilig (1962) filmed six productions himself, all of which would be explicitly for the use of Sensorama contraption.
By 1968, the dream of being a part of another world has sharpened, and innovations to improve equipment such as Link’s Trainer and Sensorama were well on their way. Ivan Sutherland and Bob Sproull (1968) would contribute and expand to the concept of Virtual Reality in creating the Sword of Damocles, a “head mounted display […] that was connected to a computer and not a camera” (V.R.S., 2015) The contraption itself was far too heavy to wear, so they technology would be suspended from the ceiling with the user strapped into place, as shown in Figure V. The visual effects generated by the computer it was connected to were simple, described by the Virtual Reality Society as “very primitive wireframe rooms and objects” (V.R.S., 2015). Though the graphics were two-dimensional, not-detailed, and, fair to say, unrealistic, the attempt of Sutherland and Sproull (1968) would inspire future innovators, specifically, in creating light-weight equipment a user can wear, as well as rendering a display through the use of a computer, instead of a camera.
Now, we make a jump from the early 1970s to a more contemporary time, the 1990s. This is where gaming had become more advanced, at least for that time period, and where arcade games were transferred into consoles that be taken and played with at home. SEGA and Nintendo were big names throughout this time; SEGA making strategic games and Nintendo making consoles, for both living room television stands, and as hand-held devices. Right off the bat, it is fair to say that both SEGA and Nintendo were ultimately unsuccessful at proving the usefulness of VR, due to the lack of innovation in software design and the lack of profit when released (for Nintendo) to the public.
SEGA, in 1993, had announced that they were in the process of creating a headset, that would accompany their console Sega Genesis. The headset, as described by the Virtual Reality Society, was a “wrap-around prototype glasses [that] had head tracking, stereo sound and LCD screens in the visor” (V.R.S., 2015). Unfortunately, though, due to the lack of innovative software during that time, this headgear would “forever remain in the prototype phase” (V.R.S., 2015). For Nintendo, though, in 1995, their VR technology would be released to the public, and it would be called the Nintendo Virtual Boy. Like SEGA, this would also be a flop, due to “a lack of software support and […] difficult to use the console in a comfortable position” (V.R.S., 2015). In addition, the graphics were very amateurish due to the lack in color; the only colors that could be rendered were black and red. For the price of one hundred and eighty dollars, this addition to the Nintendo family was not worth it in the eyes of the public. But despite these failings, there were lessons learned in creating future equipment. Though there was more portable headwear for both, the graphics lacked, or the wearing of the technology was uncomfortable. These ideas that were released under public scrutiny would only enable a better future for VR technology, where graphics are rendered by powerful machines and we actually feel a part of the environment of our choosing.
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Experimenting Philanthropy

In my junior year at Brooks, I began to develop my own voice, outside the classroom and in the real world, as I worked toward understanding and supporting a philanthropic cause. I decided to take a course Experimenting in Philanthropy believing whole-heartedly that it would follow my passion and skills. In this course I needed to convince people of the need that an organizations had to persuade people to believe in me. Throughout the course, I met and listened to nonprofit founders and executives, many of whom are Brooks School parents and members of the Board. Toward the end of the course, I was given the task to represent an organization that I felt passionate about. I was given the role of executive director to convince potential funders of the strength of my cause and the need of my organization, for consideration of funding. My objective was to win the largest grant of $3,000 for my selected nonprofit organization. In order for me to fill the shoes of these businessmen and women and receive the largest award, I needed to exhibit confidence, personality, persuasion, and breadth of knowledge concerning my organization. I was in direct competition with my classmates. I needed to outperform them and make an impact with my knowledge and passion. I knew there was risk in putting myself in front of a panel of adults well versed in nonprofit management and ask them to question my passion, to challenge my opinion, and potentially criticize my beliefs. I was challenged by this daunting task when I first thought about it. I was truly stretching myself in a way I have never before. This pitch was a simulation of a real business presentation instead of a classroom exercise. Throughout my life, confidence has not been an issue. I exude tenacity in everything I do. Whether in sports or school, I am confident in my words and actions in social situations because I believe in my opinions. Over the years, soccer has increased my confidence through teamwork, awards, and even scoring goals; my character has developed into a self-assured, high-energy, and resilient person. As this presentation loomed over my head, my nerves began to build because the fear of being unprepared and not well versed seemed foreign to me. I was no longer in a classroom, rather in a boardroom setting. My efforts no longer were recorded in a grade book and the results will affect real people who need a helping hand. The organization I pitched was Cor Unum, a food pantry in Lawrence, Massachusetts. During my preparation for the presentation, I had the privilege to speak with a teacher at an elementary school in Lawrence. She shared that one of her students told her how his mother had taken him out to a fancy restaurant for his birthday dinner. This young child was blissfully unaware that the restaurant he attended on his birthday was Cor Unum, which is a food pantry that is based on dignity, not a fancy restaurant. My passion for the mission of Cor Unum grew with this story and gave me increased motivation to secure the largest grant. As I began my presentation and shook the hands of the panel of judges, my stress began to build. I questioned if I had done everything possible to craft a pitch that was worthy of the cause. I wanted these judges to feel my passion and develop their own love for Cor Unum. I spoke freely about my nonprofit and its work. As the words left my mouth, my nerves disappeared. I was confident in my argument. My exuberant personality seemed to draw in the attention of each member on the panel. All eyes were on me, and I felt an incredible sense of pride in my work. Leaving the room, I knew that they believed every word I said. The results assured my work as I had been awarded the $3,000 grant for Cor Unum. Through this experience, I better understand how to succeed: I must convince others to believe in me through determination, persistence, and confidence. I believed in everything I chose to campaign for and my passion made others want to support my efforts. I have developed another piece of my identity that I will bring with me as I seek success through a job I have a passion for or a future experience.

 

My Home in 10 Years…

Homes today are changing so rapidly. One day in the future I see all homes being powered entirely by solar. More and more homes are switching over as an affordable alternative to electricity. I think more and more people will change over after hearing the money people are saving by switching to solar power. I think it’s a great idea and the hungry electric companies can either lower their rates or loose all business.

Also, I think my home will be totally wire free camera ready. Meaning, I’ll be able to see what’s going on in my house from anywhere in the world because of the security cameras everywhere. There is so much crime now, you can even put a camera on your doorbell so you can see who’s at your door and be able to talk to them even when you’re not home.

These are the two major changes I see happening in the next 10 years. I look forward to it because I will be safer and saving a lot of money in return.

 

Either Right Here or Out There

From an aesthetic point of view, homes will most likely not look much different than they do today – at least from the outside. The interior of the home, however, has evolved as time went by. Wallpaper has been thrown away, TVs have become an accessory that have continuously grown larger and flatter over the years, gas stoves have switched to electric or ceramic, refrigerators have turned to stainless steal and become multifunctional, and every last appliance in a home has grown to be significantly more efficient than it originally was during its first conception.
In 2027, a home will be almost seamlessly integrated with its appliances. The TV will be a part of the wall itself, and perhaps it could be programmed to act as a window – showing off distant landscapes to make it feel as if the homeowners are truly where they want to be. Sound systems will be within the walls too, creating a flawless surround-sound system for further immersion in movies, TV, video games, and any other form of entertainment imaginable.
Perhaps the stove, oven, microwave, and toaster will all be integrated into one collective metal organism, allowing residents to have the whole package rather than buy separate appliances. It would allow for significantly more free space, too – no more nasty cords jutting out of the wall or massive things to organize around or completely move out of the way to make room.
The refrigerator and freezer would need to be separate, since heating and cooling are two different systems that would be difficult to integrate into the large metal organism that our cookware will become.
Here’s an idea. What if cookware itself – pans, pots, spatulas, woks, colanders, strainers, the whole shebang – were integrated into the stove itself? With one press of a button a medium saucepan will make itself available to you, with no need for extra organization. Just press a button, cook, wash, and put back. The machine would take care of the rest.
In fact, a fully automated house would be the true home of the future. Back in the 40s and 50s, a fully automated household was the tomorrow that never was. Nowadays, an automated household is becoming closer and closer to becoming one. Microwaves have settings such as “popcorn” and “defrost”, which counts towards some form of automation. Some washing machines have specific settings rather than warm or cold – some have the option to mimic hand-washing and permanent press. Perhaps in the future our appliances would be able to sense what was in them (for instance, it knew that the vegetables were put in the right crisper and the fruits in the left) and automatically accommodated for it. Even better – what if there were to be a slot that you could put your groceries in and have it automatically scan each product and put them In organized spaces meant for that food group alone?
Roomba and Scooba are also on the rise as well – in ten years, Roomba may become more humanoid and serve us as a domestic robot housekeeper – perhaps it will be programmed to ask questions as to what should be completed today while you go to work. While you work, you could be stress-free as the humanoid Roomba takes care of your dishes, laundry, floors, or even washing the windows.

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Here’s a slightly unrelated thought. Elon Musk has the outlandish idea to send a massive fleet of ships (which I would personally dub the Mayflower II) and colonize Mars. One concept of a future home could be interplanetary living! Exclusively solar-powered homes with little to no cost for electricity, seed packets to jump-start crops on the martian soil, and perhaps the architecture will be immensely different. Some ideas include a large canvas mesh structure much akin to a greenhouse, or a fully metallic exosphere. One plus to interplanetary living would be the fact that most (if not all) appliances in those homes would be fireproof through-and-through, since NASA’s worst nightmare is having a fire start in a world where atmosphere is immensely limited. Think about it, though – comfortable living in our solar system’s backyard with friends, neighbors, and a new group to socialize with. It would take some cooperation to set up, plus rigorous training and instruction, but the cost of living would all be paid for up-front. There are no companies to charge you property taxes on Mars.
In fact, unless one country specifically colonizes Mars, there is no colonial claim on it, meaning that there won’t be much in regards to bills or taxes, at least until they set up some form of “government” there in the meantime and the space IRS comes knocking.
Another nifty advantage on Mars is that the environment would be extremely sterile. Unless someone boards the ship sick, there would be little to no disease on Mars.
Perhaps we would find a way to live in the upper atmospheres of Venus, where the pressure is relatively similar to ours and we would be far above the acid rainstorms. One proposal is finding a metal that would be light enough to be filled with some form of non-flammable gas and allow us to create sky-cities. If Mars doesn’t tickle your fancy, go to the luxury sky-cities of Venus. Much like before, it’s a one-time pay until the space IRS is invented, which would take a long time to develop.
If you become homesick in space, then perhaps the programmable wall-integrated TV could be added to living areas within these colonial buildings, allowing residents to turn their room into an environment significantly more homely for them. In a way, that would allow colonists to adjust to interplanetary living on their own time. Win-win for all demographics who wish to go into space!
Most of my personal ideas are wishful thinking, but it is probable that all of these various scenarios could become realities in the not-so-distant future.

 

Times Have Changed and so Has my House

We live in a world that is changing so much around us with everything from social movements to crazy technology like from “The Jetsons” that we never though possible. The house I live in now already has TVs, computers, tablets, smartphones, and almost all the basic kitchen appliances. I can imagine in 10 years that my house will have all the same things but maybe more compact and wireless. I can picture sitting in on my couch (that has heated seats) in front of my wireless TV that has the clearest picture one can ever see. I can also imagine that my house will make my everyday life easier. I’ll have a vacuum cleaner that doesn’t need me to push it, I can imagine my oven heating up right when I get home so I can just pop dinner in. I also imagine that the temperature in the house will always be just right when I walk inside so I am not too hot or too cold, but just right. I can also imagine that my house will be more secure when I leave. Security cameras are to be placed in the right spots and when I leave my house it will be almost impossible to get in because there will be facial recognition. With all this being said I can picture my house being very safe, easy, and convenient to live in.