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Future Technologies & Practices Impacting the Home. Joseph ‘Jofish’ Kaye MIT Media Lab firstname.lastname@example.org. Technology can mediate between home and community. Practices Changes Changing role of the kitchen Changing implementation of eating Technology Changes
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Future Technologies & Practices Impacting the Home Joseph ‘Jofish’ Kaye MIT Media Lab email@example.com
Technology can mediate between home and community • Practices Changes • Changing role of the kitchen • Changing implementation of eating • Technology Changes • Networking: home, wireless, always-on, broadband • Mobile information • Local Wide Web
Practices: The Changing Role of the Kitchen • What happens in the kitchen? • Communication ~2. Eating ~3+. Cooking • Repartitioning of homespace: “Great Room” with kitchen as (a) focal point • Recombinant architecture: world to kitchen and kitchen to world
Practices: Eating trends • People eat less in the home: -5% over 10 yrs1 • 51% restaurant meals eaten in the home: +10% over 10 yrs2 • 71% don’t plan that night’s meal before 4pm2 1: Robert Smith, Maytag 2: Larry Lafata, GE Appliances
Social/Technology: e-commerce: no big deal • JASET: Just Another Shopping Enabling Technology • 1850s: Department stores – steel, elevators • 1870s: Catalogs - telegraph • 1910s: Supermarkets - railways • 1950s: Malls - cars • 1990s: e-commerce – internet • Technology supports shopping experiences Genevieve Bell , Intel Corporation
Technology: Networking • ‘Always-on’ is more important than ‘broadband’ (Practice vs Technology) • Cable Modems & DSL (even in US,most still use modems) • In-home networking (No killer app) • Prerequisites for wide use of RFID • Wireless: 802.11; community based!
Sidebar: 802.11 Networks • Wireless networking: PC Card • 11Mbps standard wired networking • Commercial: Ricochet (but low on $$$), Starbucks, • Grassroots! DavisNet (Boston), Consume the Net (London), Seattle, SF…
Technology: Mobile • Mobile phone spread • A lot. Insert your favorite statistic here. • SMS / text messaging • Prototype cellphone payment systems • Future: your cellphone is your credit card?
Technology: Local Wide Web • Geographic reference systems: GPS, Wherehoo1, GML, etc. • Local organic farmers, etc. • E-commerce models: local delivery • Tiered delivery systems: deliver to gas stations, donut shops, corner stores • The Bodega Unit 1:wherehoo.media.mit.edu
Technology in the home and community • Taylor 1912: efficiency • Industry: efficiency = technology • So technology = efficiency, right? • Not in the context of the home
Expectation: Technology can reposition the (American) home within the community, with multiple points of entry into the house, supporting local relationships.