"I started the Home of the Future project to find out what people will want from their homes," researcher Christine MacNulty says in the video below, a fairly on-the-nose prediction about smart home design in 2020 from the perspective of design experts in 1989. "They'll want all the benefits of modern technology but without all this cluttered and complex gadgetry we have today. They'll want homes that work for them."
The BBC "Tomorrow's World" production is mostly accurate—even foreseeing the "enormous pressure" of cutting down on fossil fuels in energy management—though some of what they envision might be even more realistic in 2030.
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This is so far from our current technology. I've always said, the smart home has been 20 years in the future for the last 40 years and this is a great example.
I'm stealing this from Bill Buxton, but our current technology is ubiquitous but the technology isn't talking over its network. In other words, my phone has no idea what my computer is doing, even if it's six inches away.