How will homes support us, our communities and planet in 2050? New exhibition at the Museum of Home is trying to answer these vital questions.
The exhibition is designed by The Liminal Space and it uses leading health research from University College London. Scientists and artists are sharing their work to explore potential futures together with the public.
KEY THEMES & ACTIVITY AREAS
Personal health & bathroom
In 2050 personal health data is collected from wearable or embedded sensors in household items like toothbrushes. Information is used for early diagnosis of diseases and personalising treatments.
Data owners can choose to sell it to companies like insurance or employers if they wish.
Metaworld & recharging room
In the future personal space will be restricted as the world becomes more crowded.
In a recharging room household can disappear as digital avatars into a parallel world to meet with friends, shop or travel around the world.
Smart food & kitchen
Buying, consuming, disposing and producing food has fundamentally changed by 2050. Smart food that is rich in nutrients and tailored based on haptic feedback is produced and packaged using better farming and transportation systems.
Based on automation and data collection food is more processed and personalised in a closed loop system that minimises or reuses waste.
Community spirit & garden
Climate change has brought people more close to nature. Local communities are interconnected to places and nature through rewilding and protection efforts. Climate refugees are relocated from hottest parts of the world.
Food systems in 2050 are more local and organic. Growing pods are solar powered and climate controlled.
Personalised care & digital tools
As people live longer, loneliness, metal wellbeing and complex health issues will require greater use of assistant technology. It will be highly integrated into familiar household items using 3D printing and bioreceptive materials.
Private spaces will need to incorporate more data-driven technology and allow more visitors, at least virtually. Concepts of privacy, security and access to homes are changing.