Computers are powerful tools that aren’t being fully utilised because the communication between the human and the computer is so damn slow.
The point at which this interaction happens is called the User Interface and the study of building these interfaces is called the human computer interaction.
When Shreeram presented me with this opportunity to work with Modulus Housing, the question that intrigued me the most was,
Can your home become a computer? If so, how?
What will a computer home be able to do?
Well, for starters, it should be able to take care of itself. Aside from the daily maintenance of keeping the home clean, it should be able to withstand extreme weather conditions, like a tornado or an earthquake. If there’s a tsunami, the computer home should be able to float and survive.
If there’s a leakage at a certain spot, the chips inside the walls should be able to detect the damage and convey the damage to the homeowner and to the concerned company.
I was recently seeing Altered Carbon on Netflix and realized that humans can be assholes as well. Adequate protection against humans should be provided by the home as well, something like a safety dome that can save people against nuclear warfare, bio weaponry, etc. In that case, civilians will be able to save themselves from the wars happening, if it all happens.
Secondly, it should take care of the lives inside them. The computer home should understand my eating preferences, and my nutrition and cook meals accordingly. It should constantly monitor my health so it can suggest a relevant pantry list.
The home should be able to provide ways for me to entertain my friends when the occasion occurs. The home should be able to simulate something like ‘Dance Dance Revolution’ instantly using projectors. But why should it stop there, right? It should be able to simulate an entire arcade.
The home should also have an energy management system so it can tell its user how much energy is being consumed and ways to reduce the total energy consumption by green methodologies.