CfP Oktober: Home, smart home

The digital transformation of society is more driven by technology innovation than by needs.  Let us be honest: The way it works is that we have a solution and now we seek the problem which it solves. In case of the so-called “smart homes”, we have IoT (Internet of Things), AI (Artificial Intelligence), and BIM (Building information Modeling) – plus several further technologies, like e.g. augmented reality, and communication tools and media. BIM already plays a prominent role in construction and in maintenance. Therefore the question is, what could be the roles of the others? What can we gain if we combine all of them?

There are several natural perspectives that come into mind (and I do not claim that the list is comprehensive):

  1. Digital Representation: If we create a digital twin, how should it be structured? Which information is easy/cheap to obtain? How can we use the digital twin – both instantly and in the long run? Which information is hidden in the digital twin that is not available otherwise? Etc.
  2. Cognitive Perception: How is a home, either smart or not, perceived by its inhabitants, visitors, and other actors? How does this perception fit with the digital representation? Can we extend the cognitive perception with proper digital tools? Etc.
  3. User needs (Users = owners, residents, visitors, maintenance and service providers, construction companies, government, …): Which information do users need about the home? Which intelligence do users want from their home? Etc.
  4. Combination with other sources: How does the smart home with its devices and its intelligence interact with technology carried by its inhabitants? How does it interact with information services outside? And the other way round: Which useful information can be created for autonomous machines? Etc.
  5. Patterns and anti-patterns: What are typical successful solutions (patterns), on which we can build? Is there a hierarchy of patterns? How do they relate to Christopher Alexander’s and to classical IT patterns? What are typical bad solutions (anti-patterns)? Etc.
  6. Societal and Economic Change: How will the new design opportunities for our homes influence or living styles and societal life? What will be the impact on our quality of life? Are there specific risks to be considered? Which societal problems can be solved with it? Which new markets will be created? Which existing markets will be significantly changed (how?)or destroyed? Etc.
  7. Disciplinary perspective: How will the possibilities around the smart home change the professional and the scientific disciplines related to the home? What will the impact on architecting, constructing, anthropology, ethnology, sociology, etc. be? Will it lead to the emergence of new disciplines?

We invite you to submit contributions (3500-6000 characters) related to these perspectives until october 15 (societybyte@bfh.ch).

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