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Future Today Institute's 2021 Tech Trend Report - Home Automation and Consumer Electronics

"As smart home devices become more ubiquitous and affordable, people are working to retrofit old homes with new technologies."

The pandemic resulted in an explosion of COVID-19 tech: devices and gadgets intended to help people mitigate the harms of the virus. Robots capable of sterilization and disinfecting, once used only in hospitals, are making their way into our offi... view more

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Introduction and Summary: Artificial intelligence helps monitor and mitigate the HoT’s digital emissions and reduce the smart home’s carbon footprint.

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Scenario - Mid-future catastrophic scenario:  As smart home devices become more ubiquitous and affordable, people are working to retrofit old homes with new technologies.

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Mid-future Optimistic Scenario:  Appliance manufacturers build products with intentionally limited lifespans, forcing consumers to throw away old products and continually buy new ones.

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Scenario, Applications, and Key Questions: For chief strategy officers working in consumer electronics, it’s time to rethink interoperability and forced obsolescence. Newly elected U.S. officials will pursue antitrust suits against the big tech companies, and the Biden administration is arming the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau with aggressive teams.

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