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Management Information Systems - The Technology-based Home of the Future.

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UNIVERSITY OF LA VERNE CMPS / ECBU 410: Management Information Systems The Technology-based Home of the Future Prepared by Bruce D. Hill Spring 2003 Instructor: Dr. Seta Whitby Table of Contents Tomorrows Home Today 3 The Issues 5 Addressing the Issues 6 Conclusion 7 Works Cited 10 Tomorrows Home Today As we look at what the future might bring, in terms of the technology revolution, there are a number of issues we must address before we can begin to visualize the possibilities. There appear to be several in academia with varying ideas of what the future home should look like. According to Kent Larson, who has practiced architecture in New York City since 1981 (and is on the MIT Home of the Future Consortium team) believes that the future homebuyer will design, and purchase, their home online. The home will come in prefabricated modules. Delivery will take place within four weeks, and a crew of three will do the completion in another two weeks. In his article "The Home of the Future" he states, Living in their new home takes some getting used to. With sensor arrays and digital displays embedded into most surfaces, the home begins to discover their patterns of activity and tries to anticipate what they might need or want...It adjusts the ambient light for reading a book in the afternoon, keeps tuna fish on hand in the pantry, monitors their nutrition, and suggests new films that they may enjoy. (62) ...read more.

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Who has the right to tell someone else they must live being monitored 24 hours a day? Furthermore, these technologies are frightening to some older segments of society. Should we put them into one of these homes just so they can live longer and yet be uncomfortable with their surroundings? Next, what about the ethical issue of these new technologies (that assist people in living longer) that cost so much? Is it morally right for those with money to have that advantage or is it society's responsibility to see that all have the same opportunity to live longer. Finally, what about the fact that as technology has made our lives easier; many more people are less healthy than they used to be. What would happen if in twenty or thirty years-after people have had their homes do everything for them-studies show that these technologies actually are responsible for shortening our lives. These are just some of the general issues facing how intrusive we want technology to be. I am certain that as time goes on, and many more of these types of technologies are incorporated into our lives, there will be numerous specific issues that have to be dealt with. However, until that day arrives, we have to look at it from the general point of view. Addressing the Issues As stated earlier, Kent Larson did not look at any of these issues in his article. Perhaps it is because his background is in architecture and he was looking at technology strictly from that point of view. ...read more.

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I think that these teams are on the right track by addressing these issues in these laboratory settings to see how individuals will handle the intrusiveness of these technologies even though they will certainly make our lives easier. Nevertheless, easier does not necessarily mean better. If these technologies intrude on our personal freedom, or jeopardize them in any way, I am not so sure that we will embrace them even though they may make our lives easier. I think that all of may embrace these new technologies based on our own terms. Some of us may be willing to give up more of our freedom, to make our home lives easier, while others may not want to give up the personal freedoms and privacy that it will require to do so. We will all have our own particular point where we will say stop, and that point is when we start to leave our comfort zone. In addition, in some cases (when we are making these decisions for our parents or grandparents) these technologies will require us to make some moral judgments in certain cases. This is where the issues become very tough because we may have to weigh the possible outcomes and make certain moral tradeoffs such as the lesser of two evils for example. In conclusion, I think that there will be no cookie cutter home of the future. I think that all of us will have to decide what the best is for us and our loved ones based on a number of factors. Only after we weigh all of those factors will we be able to choose the technologies that will fit our own personalities the best. ...read more.

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