In one of the gardening threads a while back, somebody described their aerogarden: an off-the-shelf, all-in-one hydroponics system to grow herbs/greens at home. It made me wonder whether having a food-growing appliance could become common in the homes of the future, even for people with no interest or expertise in gardening/*ponics.
This got me thinking about other technology which has, over time, switched from a centralised facility to something that people commonly have at home*.
For a few examples:
- Laundry, once done by hand at home, then done as a service provided by a local launderette, now individual households often have their own washing machines.
- Communal baths were / are a thing in some cultures, but now we have individual baths at home.
- People used to go to internet cafes and libraries to use a computer and access the internet. Now we have computers and internet at home.
So what do you think?
Will the future see technology-assisted home-grown food become widespread and 'normal'?
What other things do you think we'll be doing at home which we currently rely on a centralised facility for?
Home energy generation with solar panels on rooves? At-home sewage treatment?
From an environmental point of view, is this sort of thing generally a good thing, in that it saves transporting stuff around? Or is it an unsustainable luxury, in that doing things at scale is usually more efficient?
* I'm looking at this from the perspective of a western country, because that's where I live, but I'd be interested to hear about other parts of the world where things we consider 'normal' aren't so common, or where different things are considered home essentials.