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The final part of Sam­sung’s se­ries on tech­nol­ogy in the home con­sid­ers the fu­ture – it’s closer than you think.

OK com­puter

The fu­ture of tech is look­ing tiny, thanks to ubiquitous com­put­ing, which could see com­puter chips em­bed­ded in ev­ery­thing from light bulbs to light switches; as a re­sult, ev­ery­thing in your home will be con­nected to wifi, all the time.

Sav­ing labour

Ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence is al­ready with us – but it could soon be all-per­va­sive, as ev­ery­thing from or­der­ing food to wak­ing up in the morn­ing is managed by apps and de­vices that will learn your rou­tines and adapt ac­cord­ingly.

Ap­pli­ances do the think­ing

Home ap­pli­ances rev­o­lu­tionised labour in the 20th cen­tury: they’ll rev­o­lu­tionise time in the 21st. We have smart fridges al­ready: the time when they can or­der more milk may be not far away, ei­ther – leav­ing you to think about much more important mat­ters.

On the sur­face

In­creas­ingly, screens will cease to ex­ist, while sur­faces – walls, ceil­ings table tops – are look­ing to be­come ac­tive. Instead of a ‘com­puter’ or a ‘tablet’, de­vices could be em­bed­ded into the very fab­ric of the home – or even clothes.

Sense of space

By 2030, you won’t think about whether you need to switch the lights on when you leave a room; it’ll just hap­pen – while doors will un­lock, alarms will de-ac­ti­vate and the ra­dio will be on be­fore you think twice.

The end of the pri­vate car

The prospect of self-driv­ing – and elec­tric – ve­hi­cles her­alds a mas­sive change in the way we drive. In short: you may not own a car; one will just turn up when you need it. Got a big garage? Start think­ing about what else you can do with the space.

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