Just read a book by the consulting company Detecon which contains 45 articles about how life in the year 2032 could look like. Inspiring stuff. Here some food for thought:
Household appliances will run when the electricity is the cheapest. The "Smart Grid" will them when the electricity is the cheapest. The heating will only be activated just before inhabitants return home.
Cars will always be connected to the internet and supply the driver with current information he needs, based on his current context. E.g. when someone picks up a business partners from the airport, when their plane will land.
Electronic around-the-clock observation of elderly and sick people will become medical standard. E.g. through a shirt which measures heart rate etc.
Social Banking will compete with normal banks, when it comes to lending money. E.g. imagine how you lend money from people you know. They will trust you since you are part of their network.
Life & Habitation
Family and friends meet more often in the virtual world and not that much in the real world. Also through the virtual presence, people won't need to leave their home to work.
Interested in more future scenarios?
They will send you the book for free, but only in German.
AppleTV now provides smooth music transition. When listening to a song on your stereo, and leaving the house with your IPod, the song just played in ITunes continues on your IPod and if you come home, the song playing on your IPod continues on AppleTV.
Arguments: AppleTV and other Apple-Products will be more and more connected, because this will raise the value of the components and make way to new applications like this music transition. Moreover it will lead to a lock-in for the customer: if all the entertainment-products in the household are from Apple or compatible with Apple products, the generated value of theses communicating products will be higher, than if the products can not communicate with each other. Therefore the customer will prefer Apple-compatible products.
See also IPhone is a remote control
Questions: What other useful applications are there if you connect AppleTV, Computer, IPhone and IPod (and other devices)?
The today released software-update makes the IPhone a remote control for AppleTV and Macs. You can control Music and Videos from wherever you are in your flat.
Arguments: Using the IPhone as the central controlling device for music or movies fits perfectly in the living-room-entertainment-strategy that apple follows with Apple TV. The Difference to existing remote controls (see "Current Development") is the bigger touch-screen and therefore better interaction-possibilities. For Example you can easily scroll through your cds, what is not possible with other devices.
Moreover because the IPhone has no fixed buttons, the interface can be adapted to such new application-areas...
Questions: What other application areas can you think of? You could also control other devices in your household, for example the heating or the oven also from outside your house. Would that be reasonable or rather useless technological gimmicks?
Current Development: Patent from apple to use the IPhone as a remote control
Salling Clicker remote control of Itunes on a Nokia
Salling Clicker - Control computer-applications from your mobile phone. With this application it's possible to control ITunes like if you had it on your mobile device! For example you can also see CD-Artwork etc. directly on the mobile phone! (try it for free, you'll be impressed)
Arguments: The numbers were estimated by looking at the development from 2000 until 2007 and Moore's Law
Discussion: In 2014, will there still be a Home-PC like we know it today, or will there be a central server, that is accessed from different devices, including your "PC" or your entertainment-system in the living room?
Current development: Apple TV - access content in ITunes on your Computer from the living room Sonos - listen to your music in every room