What your home could look like in 50 years


(upbeat, bouncy music) – [Grant] In the last six months, we’ve seen this home of the
future here in Austin, Texas go from pieces in a factory to a beautifully designed house packed with the latest
connected technology. The thing about aiming for the future, is that it’s a constantly moving target. Technology and design
evolve at a rapid pace, and the last thing you’d want
is for your home of the future to feel like it’s living in the past. What clues can we take
from the home of today to help us determine what we
need in the home of tomorrow? (lighthearted, bouncy music) – I tried to collect
every image that existed of a home of the future,
and I started in the 1920s. – [Grant] This is Michelle Addington, Dean of The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture. – Even as certain styles
might have changed, they’re all the same. Always the first part of
the home of the future is automating the door. One in the 1960s involved a camera system. – [Cronkite] As we approach,
our arrival could be observed by an automatic closed
circuit television system, which would notify our hosts. – [Grant] This special, hosted
by Walter Cronkite in 1967, took a look at the home of 2001. Like our home today, it featured
surround sound speakers, a console to control the
entertainment center, and a monitor for surveillance cameras. Today, we’re living all those dreams, but it’s still a home of the future and not a home of the present. Why, after 50 years, are we still thinking about our home this way? What’s stopping us from
making more radical shifts in what we think of as a home? – Still four walls and a door. That’s the part that is familiar to us. That’s the part we keep. You know, a lot of it has to do with risk. You know, for many people,
this is their life savings. – It’s the single most
expensive thing you’ll ever buy as an individual. – Absolutely. And so it can tolerate much less risk than you can in many other things. As we see in so many other areas, technologies have rapidly evolved throughout the 20th century, and yet, in the case of the smart home, we’re looking for ways to
implement the latest technologies, but to do the things
that we’ve always done. – [Grant] So what if we allow ourselves to rethink what we assume
a house needs to be? What kind of improvements could we make if we discard basic assumptions
of what a house should do? – Right now we have heating ventilation and air conditioning systems, so all of our bodies are
surrounded in this blanket of homogeneous conditions that are contained by the
envelope of the house. It’s a clumsy way, it’s an expensive way, and it’s an incredibly
energy-intensive way, and, interestingly enough, not
a particularly effective way of dealing with how the
body exchanges heat. So everything that we’re
doing, all around here– – Wasted. – Wasted. – [Grant] Assuming we could
successfully utilize a system to heat or cool our bodies
in a more efficient envelope, it would obviously reduce the energy demand on our home drastically, and it could even shift how we think of those
four walls and a roof. But I’ve gotta be honest, it’s a hard thing to see happening. To think about a future without a cooling system for the
house, as thermally inefficient as it may be for our personal bodies, it seems difficult to accept. – So this is why you
kind of have to step back and sort of reimagine what
this environment is gonna be. – [Grant] And that’s partly
why imagining the far future of home design is difficult. Our cultural and physical environments tend to change slowly with time. While architectural trends
are evolving from tiny homes to communal housing, it’s
rare to see mass adoption. Even our home’s modular design is far from becoming mainstream. Modular’s been around for decades, but still isn’t overtaking the market. It’s most economical at scale, and the pipeline just isn’t
large enough to reduce costs around factories and shipping. But without our basic framework
of four walls and a roof, what are some areas that
could change radically in the next few decades? Let’s turn to our kitchen. (upbeat, bubbly music) – The one thing that you can’t miss in our home of the future, is this. The smart fridge. First of all, it’s got
a giant OLED screen. You can draw on it, find the absolute worst
way to surf the internet– (laughs) this is absolutely a crime– and you can make it transparent so you can see inside without
having to open the door. Let’s say you’re at the market and you can’t remember what you’re out of. You can call up the
smart fridge on an app, turn on the internal cameras, and see what you’re missing. And, oh yeah, there’s a Bluetooth speaker. For reasons. This is all fun to play with
for now, but bear this in mind. The average refrigerator
lasts about 15 years. 15 years ago, this was the most popular cell phone. So when we try and consider what appliances will last with us into the next home of the future, I’m not sure if the smart
fridge checks all of the boxes. But hey, this is only version one. (upbeat bass music) When I think about tech
that changed my life, I think about maps. I used to have a map for
every region I was in and would draw the path before I set out. Then there was the age of printing customized
directions on MapQuest, and now smart phone GPS. I didn’t even know it was a problem until technology gave me
a much better solution. And after that, there was no going back. Is there anything like
that that you can see, a problem that we didn’t
even know that we had that the smart home can solve for us? – I think particularly
around the issue of food. One of the reasons that people are not making the best food choices today, especially families with children, is because of the
impracticality of making sure that you have healthy food at all times. – This is Anne Boysen, a futurist who runs a strategic consulting
business here in Texas. – I think that for families, the convenient choice is not
always the healthiest choice. – Exactly. – And so, potentially,
a home of the future could help you get closer to having those two things be in line. – Yes. And then we’re not
wanting to go back after that. – The way we eat has
actually always played a role in imagining what the home
of the future will be, typically revolving around
speed and convenience, like the instant pizza in
Back to the Future Part II. (pizza maker dings) (woman coos) And remember that Cronkite piece? – [Cronkite] This souffleé
normally cooks in 40 minutes. With microwaves, it’s ready in 90 seconds. – [Grant] Ah, the
miracles of the microwave. (microwave door slams) – [Grant] But quickness and convenience also usually means less healthy. Unless, in the home of the
future, it doesn’t have to. – Now I see the solutions
to these problems particularly in two areas. One is the ability to
order staples and foods that we’re using all the time. So, for example, instead
of you having to know, “Oh, I’m running out of
milk,” you have a scanner in your refrigerator that’s finding out, “Oh, you’re running low on milk, let’s go ahead and just order.” And then, you might even do
some of the agriculture yourself in your home. – Grow your own food in
your home of the future. – Yes. Growing your own food, either in your own home, or if you live in some sort of high-tech community garden or a home garden, which is hydroponic, which is using computer precision to find out exactly how
much it should be watered, what type of nutrients, down to the fine-tuned, very high-resolution level, and that way you can
have much more control over the food that you’re using and consuming on a daily basis, and save you a lot of
time at the same time. – [Grant] And if you link these two ideas, you’ve got your high-tech community garden delivering the best quality
food to you when you need it. It’s a great dream, and who knows, maybe 50 years from now, it could be a reality. (futuristic electronic music) To be honest, it’s hard to even build
today’s home of the future, let alone tomorrow’s. Our house was built specifically
with that mission in mind: to be the home of the future. And in a lot of ways, it is. Our brain pulls all of our
devices into one control system, even giving us a live read
out of our power usage. Our solar panels are
built into our car port, and we even have an entire audio system hidden in the backyard landscaping. There’s still a ton
more we would’ve wanted to add to this house, but with delays in our timeline, zoning limitations, and budget overages on site, actually building a house
still requires compromises. And while some technology
like our smart fridge may not seem particularly future-proof, you can see how there are building blocks for something more
ambitious down the line. Historically, tech and design
takes time to be perfected. And once they are, we’re
already hard at work imagining the next steps they can take. But, at least for now, I’m
just gonna enjoy the time I have in my home in the present. (upbeat music) Thanks so much for following along in our “Home of the Future” series. How would you rethink
the home for the future? Let us know in the comments below. If you’ve enjoyed this show, check out our new “Future of Music” series hosted by The Verge’s own Danny Deahl.

100 thoughts on “What your home could look like in 50 years

  1. In my home/world of the future, I would have a big post box for packages that works both ways. Keyless phoneless entry. Service which everybody would use to share tools and resources.
    Also I would have way less things in general.

  2. You showcased the house, and said what some of the tech is inside. How about a listing of all of tech that was put into the house, and what it does. I would like to know about the security system, etc.

  3. This is more about the kitchen and you mentioned only a few things about the house in total. What about a Tesla car with a Tesla battery that is charged by the solar panels? (Instead of that Ford with that high MPG) What about recycling water? What about doors? Windows with tinted glass?

  4. quick question for do you how much a house like this would cost? what warranties does the company provide? and where can it be built and like in which state ?..tk

  5. I am curious to know the price of everything that went into that home, including the solar setup. Where I am solar is extremely expensive and still way too far of a reach for the average middle class family

  6. 50 years from now they will see this video and comment how wrong we were.. Same way how the 1950s depicted how the 2000s would be like 😂 and we are far from that.

  7. In order to see to the future we must see to our past. Honestly being so (future obslescent) technology dependent makes no sense with the future human being.

  8. Worrying about your refrigerator being current in 15 years is less important then 95% of the homes furniture literally falling apart by then. Cheap material furniture is the single biggest waste of resources there is. Older manufactured furniture is recycled many times because it is still useful. Ikea type stuff is simply thrown away most times within 6 months because it falls apart or if moving it's cheaper to purchase new. A complete waste of resources. I dare you to return to your home of the future in 18 months and see the condition of all of the cabinets, chairs tables etc……

  9. Hi many of the things that you do in this series can be done much more open and intuitive without expensive subscription fees. I have a channel where I talk about convenient home automation. I use athoms homey as a central hub and it has it all if you ask me. Easy of use, dependability, and a huge range of device support. Its the home of the future indeed, even more so every day that goes. Great series btw I really enjoyed it.
    https://www.youtube.com/c/smartvillalife

  10. When I drive with the help with google map, I do get bored of driving, and always don't remember the roads I came through. But many times, google map is more helpful, of cause!. But this type of smart technology at home, would it make happier and meaningful life? Even to change the TV channel, you are lazy to look for the remote and you are ready to pay $30 to someone!!!

  11. I have a idea about a future house.
    We have 3D printing on certain foods but it takes a really long time because of how 3D printing works.
    In a future scenario maybe there could be a way to atomically reconstruct food with added nutrients
    That would allow us to eat almost anything and still get the daily recommendation of nutrients.
    Hopefully it would come with with a information page of all the base amount of contents in the food
    so we can still eat healthy, or maybe it could miraculously still construct the same food with out the same
    molecular structure but still look exactly the same and have the same taste. I can only imagine
    the idea where there is no fridge in the future just a machine that can recreate your desires on a plate
    while still having all the daily required supplements. On top of that if i'm thinking about something
    that can recreate things on a molecular level i guess i could add in medicine like an Advil or prescribed
    medicine or drinks. Basically anything consumable.

    Wild thought: a cake made of pizza in many layers with the outside with cheese filled crust and cheese baked on the outside
    maybe less inside just in case of fear for constipation and inside customization by the layers.

  12. A fridge lasts 15-years??? My last fridge lasted just over 10-years, I am not sure I'd spend $3,700.00 (CDN) for a fridge that will only last 10-years. I break that down into the yearly cost + electricity cost and it just doesn't make sense. What would make more sense would be a interactive screen in the kitchen or family room; though I get the other features the fridge offers — they just don't make sense.

  13. This presumes the continuation of the suburban single home model connected by freeways to work centers. We do know that the percentage of our population living in cities versus rural areas will rise, the question is will there be increased population density housing, improved transportation or more utilization of telecommunications not whether or not the fridge or thermostat will be "smart". As to the kitchen, we've gone from the communal bakeries and neighborhood restaurants of ancient Rome to the personal kitchens of today so the question is whether or not delivered prepared foods could be popularized, evidence from the pneumatic tubes of Chicago in the 30's indicates they would probably not be popularized but we do have meal replacement services, personal chef services, outlets such as Boston Chicken, mail order services like Swann and internet companies like Blue Apron so there is at least a niche market for outsourced food preparation. In some areas, omitting full kitchens allow for much smaller apartments to be leased than would be allowed by current code and this could be a driver for outsourced food prep.

  14. My home (condo) was built 43 years ago. Not much could be done to this home that would make it a home of the future other than tearing it down and starting over again. That's not likely to happen especially when it would affect my neighbors too. There are ~126 million households in the country…not too many old homes are torn down to make way for a completely new (high energy efficient/technologically advanced) home.

  15. Check out this Dezeen MINI Home of the Future Competition Entry
    https://www.instagram.com/p/Bnh4crOnWSq/?taken-by=wholebitmedia

    Features Include:
    -space for aerial transport access on the roof
    -multilevel accessible gardening spaces around the house
    -raised flood protective foundation
    -large solarized windows in every room
    -emphasis on second level as family gathering space where all rooms are adjacent
    -four bedroom non-nuclear familial layout plan for a changing work/play world
    -indoor outdoor lap lanes capable pool and accompanying spa
    -multilevel skylight
    7 bathrooms one for each for bedroom
    -garage/storage area
    -three second story connected deck spaces -3 full roof gardens and one first story sill planter
    -basement level with pool and spa glass underwater viewing/sitting area
    -rooftop access

  16. home of the future will be some kind of geodesic or inserted into a rock face and will be one room holodeck. now thats a home of the future

  17. on a vacation a series of flights presented my wife and I with inflight entertainment ideas from a variety of different generations, one leg had an older plane with the fold down screens from above the seats. another flight on a newer plane had integrated screens in seat backs, and the newest plane had USB ports for charging the entertainment that was brought along with presumably each passenger. Looking at a car from even 5 years ago you can see how dated the operating system for the built in entertainment system looks. I think the home of the future will have to be less integrated and more open. I don't want anything in my future home that locks me into a tech from 2018. I want ability to use new tech in my home seamlessly.

  18. If I were rich I would try to make a home that looked like it was from, say, The Hobbit, but also had all the latest tech working behind the scenes.

  19. unfortunately tech adds almost no value to your home because they will become obsolete in 5 or so years. when buying/building your home the most important thing still remains to be — the building and the locale itself —

  20. Well, Grant. I think it is possible to completely just abandon air conditioning in the home, and it's not even an architectural solution. If I recall correctly, there were some people at Stanford researching temperature regulation via a glove that would cool blood at the hands of athletes, so that cooled blood would return to the heart, thus reducing the core temperature of the body. If they could package that research into a wearable device that didn't obstruct with everyday life, I do believe that we could essentially just get rid of air conditioning because one would be able to regulate and control the core temperature of the body as one would desire.

  21. This whole series just felt like a giant ad.
    Instead of a house of the future it's more like an overpriced gadget house

  22. Not having a home will be the look of most people's home in 50 years. This will, as it is now, be the home of middle class americans.

  23. The analogy of refrigerators to phones is so stupid. Even 15 years ago, people carried their cellphones around with them everywhere they went. No one carries their kitchen appliances around in their pockets. People spend less than 5 minutes a day using their refrigerator–as long as it keeps your food cool, there is no need for improvement. Sure, smartphones do crazy things now that have nothing to do with making calls, but there's a reason why those features are in mobile phones, and not landlines.

  24. Overall, the series seemed to have direction but it seemed to have top much theory crafting and business advertising rather than practical changes. For example, there was nothing about on demand water heating or passive cooling systems.

  25. i think a home of the future would need to:
    1) Make things easier (automation)
    2) Make things seamless and interchangable (modular design , IOT, IOE)
    3) Have everything you can have from outside world (grow your own food, cinema, gym)
    4) Reconnect with nature (Plants and vegetation will play important role)
    5) Seamless communication (virtual video calls,)

  26. Leaft already sell aquaponic garden that are the side of a refrigerator. So a tech garden is not new, there is quite a lot of connected aquaponic machines sold (at least in France)

  27. I work for a company called Media Library we have some future text for homes would you like to discuss it please give us a call at 313-651-5349, Monday through Friday early mornings are best to reaches

  28. One answer to why it will always be the home of the future
    Bcoz everyone is not rich yo. Some people are just happy having a roof over their head

  29. Russia has greenhouses with webcams where the client pays for a portion of the floor space, and the grower interacts to grow vegetables and deliver fresh food. This is in Moscow.

  30. Grant (and some of us) would do all the smart part of house using some some raspberry Pi's and some arduino, without using super expensive commercial products. I honestly didn't learn anything from this video and my house is kinda smarter than that. One thing to watch for, because a "house of the future" would probably be used by multiple generations, every new tech should be integrated in the old one, so older folks could turn on the lights without having to learn how to use an ipad or alexa…. My parents don't have any idea of the ammout of tech in our house. when they come home, they insert the keys in the door and flick the light switch. When I return home, my computer is starting up when im near 50 meters of the house and the door opens when I touch the door handle (rfid chip in hand), etc.

  31. Grant "And oh yeah. There's a blue tooth speaker. For Reasons." Hahah

    Grant, I love how you so concisely you pointed how over constructed that this fridge. I also wonder, why have a video screen to see inside, when you can just open the door and find out?
    I personally think the internal video is great if you are at the store and need to see if you need anything. Otherwise, you just bought a very expensive useless tool.

  32. The home of the future has a teleport station that zaps you to work in the morning and the kids to school in an instant. That's real. It's already happened and happening now.

  33. That's Cool , but yet ! .. this system all connected together in a way that might fail all once if something wrong happens ,

    Call Tech ,
    Wait them to come .
    wasting time .
    and might fail again and again , its Tech and that what Tech Do .

    i believe in once thing that Tech might help you @ home ! : Security & Electricity ! other than That .. Get Lost .

    i like to keep my home simple , with remote ,, No .. 10 Remotes ,, No .. Maybe 15 Remote .

    i know some people will thing i'm against Tech ! . no i'm not . i'm a Tech Guy ! but Still i like simple life .

    i cant imagine that all my house are controlled with 1 touch screen which can fail in some point and i have to pay $$$ just to replace it (Don't forget : Reprogramming) ! " Replacing a remote is a 5~10,-$ " .

    even after a 50 years if i got this years to live for , i rather use a mechanical controller for every single thing .

    Tech make's us lazy , and we're already slowly going that far .. Starting With This ! ..

  34. People choose to not eat healthy ….. thats why they have more junk food in the house than real food …..Food would not be the # 1 problem …… it should be cleaning & temperature ….. people are sobs – temperature is always hard to regulate

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