The metamorphosis of home

‘What would it mean to live in a proactive home — one that actively responds to and anticipates your needs?’

The metamorphosis of home: Research into the future of proactive technologies in home environment.

Edited by Frans Mayra and Ilpo Koskinen

Tampere University Press. 20 Euros. 

‘What would it mean to live in a proactive home — one that actively responds to and anticipates your needs?’

‘The Metamorphosis of Home’ aims to answer this question by exploring the view that technology, rather than acting as a complication or unnecessary addition to modern life, is capable of enriching it.

Incorporating elements such as design and personalisation into the equation, the book is a collection of research findings, technological experiments and imaginative methods for approaching reality that, though not here yet, could affect everybody’s lives in the future.

Using chapters covering the technical interpretation of proactivity, the interaction and ethics of technological proactivity, the editors present a broad sweep of academic research and opinion that aims to present a clearer picture of the complex issues of designing technology for everyday life and its implications in a socio-cultural context.

This could be interaction with the proactive technology or the concept that computers are perceived to become transparent to daily lives and interactions, in the sense that people do not perceive themselves to be interacting with a computer, but rather are doing what they need to do.

As Mayra and Koskinen said, incorporating technology into homes to learn, model, reason and interact can be achieved in a number of paradigmatically different ways. Introducing humans into this design challenge makes the task far more difficult.

Christopher Sell