San Francisco For Samsung's chief designer Federico Casalegno, humanity is facing the third great evolution of living. If the dwelling was a simple protection against weather and dangers, it later mutated to a place of residence with a technology connection, heating, sanitary installations, communication connections, elevators and other comforts were introduced.
Now, at the beginning of the decade, according to Casalegno at the technology fair CES in Las Vegas, humanity is on the threshold of reinventing living. The home becomes a “living organism” that learns from the behavior of the residents, knows their needs and individualizes the center of life according to their wishes and values.
Artificial intelligence, machine learning and dozens of sensors in furniture, household appliances and consumer electronics will take over this work automatically. The Samsung researcher admits that it is a “radical approach”, but “no more utopia”.
The CES trade fair was the forerunner of this revolution. It was dominated by the duel of the giants Google and Amazon, which fight their fight for the living room with ever harder bandages. Their “intelligent”, voice-controlled digital assistants were everywhere, Apple also added the digital assistant “Siri” from off-screen. Apple was not officially represented at the fair, but by dozens of companies integrating Siri into their products.
The three big adversaries in the emerging market for digital, voice-controlled personal assistants had caused a stir in late December when they announced the development of a common standard for smart homes. This "license-free connection standard" should "improve the compatibility between smart home products, with built-in security as a central design goal".
Currently, devices like Apple's Homepod, Amazon's Echo or Google's Home Speaker are meant. But how it could end, Samsung showed again at the CES: "Ballie", a small, rolling ball robot that follows its owner on foot or roams the house alone, controls and controls the living organism house and reads the owner's wishes, so to speak from the eyes.
Or, better said, he reads it from what they bought online, want to buy, what they googled or shared on Facebook, in the fridge or the RFID-studded kitchen cabinets, what they watch (or don't watch) on YouTube, with whom they communicate and with whom not and about what. Does the language that the smart loudspeaker catches sounds sad, happy, excited, annoyed? All of this will be reflected in the behavior of the house.
This standard, as it comes, will initially be limited to securing the access of all devices to IP-based communication networks, generally the Internet. Such IP networks will be integrated in buildings as naturally as water, heating and electricity. Nobody should then have to worry when moving in or out whether their devices also work.
"In the future we will control almost everything via voice assistants"
High-tech district planned in Toronto
Providers will also be companies like Alphabets Sidewalk Labs. The subsidiary of the holding company, whose largest company is Google, plans and develops urban infrastructure up to entire city districts. The largest project is the transformation of part of the Canadian metropolis of Toronto into a "high-tech district".
It would be the fulfillment of one of the greatest dreams of Google co-founder Larry Page, who years ago openly dreamed of an unregulated future city in which one could try out all the things he had in mind, from driverless cars to smart apartments, digital Healthcare and everything else that comes to mind. Sidewalk boss is Internet legend Dan Doctoroff, who raved about the "most innovative district in the world" when the plans were presented.
But what might have been greeted with limitless optimism by many ten years ago, numerous data scandals later encounter massive resistance and criticism. After a long period of silence, representatives of Sidewalk and the city organization Waterfront Toronto spoke to each other again for the first time last Monday and struck a conciliatory tone.
You have until the end of March to agree on a common approach, otherwise the project, which could be as large as $ 40 billion, could collapse. Sidewalk CEO Doctoroff again emphasized that the project was not primarily about data.
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