The Aussie home of the future
Remember when you were a child, watching either ‘Lost in Space’, ‘The Jetsons’ or similar (depending on your age)? You were likely either in the group who believed that we would never reach that sort of technology in our lifetime, or the group who wondered exactly how long it would take before we would be driving our own hover cars. Well, we may not yet be at the stage where intergalactic travel and antigravity boots are common, but we are certainly headed in that direction and the NBN has played a pivotal role in the transition.
The most noticeable changes have probably been those in our homes – not just in regards to electronics and appliance technology, but also to the actual structure and layout of our homes. With the impending over crowdedness of Australia’s capital cities, the future holds a shift towards the suburbs and more regional areas and the current number of eight million people living outside the capitals is set to hit around 10 million by 2030. This will result in the implementation of technologies that allow people to work and study from home, conduct day-to-day activities and socialise from the comfort of their lounge rooms. So, what will the average Aussie home of the future look like with the help of the NBN? Here are a few theories:
Architectural changes – future home structures may be more centralised, with a primary hub in the centre of the home where both work, communication and home life take place simultaneously. Alternatively, there may be separate workspaces for parents and children to work and study; however, these are likely to all be connected via voice or video communications so that each family member is in constant communication. Communications, security systems, heating/cooling and appliance ordering technology (among other technologies) are likely to be run from a central hub; however, these functions will be accessible from more locations around the home.
Virtual Retail and Services– A huge increase in online ordering of basic household goods and services will occur. All appliances will likely be fitted with automatic re-ordering technology where you’ll be able to re-stock your pantry, bathroom and laundry with products at the click of a button. A consultation with your preferred doctor, psychologist or other health care provider will likely occur from home via HD video-conferencing and the ordering of quotes and services will be online and simplified. People will still likely go out to dine, but a larger range of home delivered food choices will be available (think home delivered Mc Donalds, Kentucky Fried chicken etc.).
Modernised socialising – There will be a likely shift away from traditional physical neighbourhoods and a move towards interacting with likeminded people via social networking. With the advent of better visual and physical communication technologies, the taboos of requiring physical socialising will dissolve and it will become acceptable to mingle primarily online.