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.

 
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