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5 Smart Buildings From Hollywood That We’d Like To Work In

28 Apr 2019

Hollywood is full of futuristic workplaces that we’d all love to work in. Let’s take a dive into some of the most prestigious, ambitious and exciting glimpses into a future that may be closer than you think!

Stark Tower (The Marvel Cinematic Universe)

What’s not to love about owning your own business tower? The freedom, the room service, the giant iron suit and sophisticated AI butler… the list just keeps on coming! Okay, we may be a little aspirational to claim workers in Stark tower have access to the complicated AI system or are allowed anywhere near the big boss’s special suit collection, but there are some aspects of the fan favourite Stark tower that we’re not too far away from seeing into reality! For instance, “Jarvis”, Tony Stark’s autonomous AI, learns from Mr Stark’s routines and handles the power going through his building. In this way, he would have access to the building management system (BMS), meaning he can control lighting intensity, indoor climate and access points. Hence, you could argue that Jarvis is – albeit a much more advanced – variant of the Smart Spaces platform. Offices (“Her”)

Despite the longwinded name, Theodore’s office from “Her” seems like a realistic, optimistic view of working space in the not-so-distant future. Keyboards are replaced by fully voice-controlled methods of computing built into their operating systems. Later, this becomes a focal point of the film as AI operating systems become almost indistinguishable from super intelligent humans. Theodore’s office space, established from the opening scene of the Academy Award-winning film, shows the potential of voice recognition and controlled devices, something we have today and something that has progressed so far already.

The Wallace Corporation Offices (“Blade Runner 2049”)

Blade Runner 2049 was a sequel 35 years in the making, and I can’t argue it disappointed any fans of the original. One thing we knew before walking into cinemas was that a Blade Runner film had to have great cinematography, and Luv’s futuristic office couldn’t represent this vision any more clearly. The sleek design, the patterns of the water reflections bouncing off the wall (did we mention that it’s literally submerged underwater), engulfing the room to become almost distorted. In terms of a “Smart” building, what could be smarter than the birthplace of modern AI synthetic humans, or “replicants” as they are referred to in the Blade Runner series. Access to the building storage requires DNA recognition – in the film, this is done via a hair sample. Security systems present in the building inform the DNA owner when their DNA has been used. Now, we’re a far cry away from underwater headquarters and hair scanning. However, DNA recognition in the form of fingerprint sensors exists, and can be programmable to allow for access control within buildings themselves. We may, in fact, be much closer to wider use of such access systems within modern building solutions.

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