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THE JAGUAR #04

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A charged-up drive of the New All-Electric Jaguar I-PACE in Portugal’s Algarve | The inside line on the creation of the revolutionary I-PACE | Reinventing a classic: meet the E-type Concept Zero | Fifty years of the iconic XJ saloon | Exclusive interview with tennis star Johanna Konta | Can supercomputers revolutionise art?

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SMART LIVING Above: The central control hub will be a common sight in the smart homes of tomorrow. Right: Concepts like Foster + Partners’ South Sea Pearl Eco-Island in China show how technology can organise entire communities and create highly personalised living switches or pushing buttons. For tech to be truly smart, it has to be as easy as a simple “hello”. “Personal assistant devices like the Amazon Echo have established a beachhead in our homes,” adds Wilson. “I see them as the harbingers of a new wave of easy-to-control connected devices that can handle anything from security to communication.” And the list goes on: a simple smart watch can today control Internet of Things devices such as smart LED lights and thermostats, before we even unlock the front door. The front door itself can be unlocked with voice activation and, in the not-too-distant future, this will be done with intelligent face recognition software. Typically, everything will be connected to a central device, for example the smart TV, which in turn can generate data insights and even “THE BEST CONNECTED TECHNOLOGIES WILL BE MORE OR LESS INVISIBLE. YOU WON’T KNOW THEY’RE THERE” autonomise everyday tasks with simple commands or gestures. What makes these things smart is AI, or artificial intelligence. While that may instil fears about loss of control to the robots, “Seamless solutions will only be seamless if they work with humans, not against them,” Wilson says. A quick look at the smart devices currently making their ways into our homes shows just how fundamental this shift really is. At the 2018 CES – the world’s biggest consumer electronics fair and the centre stage for all things gadgety – robotic, AI-powered home appliances were everywhere to be seen and not least talked to. LG’s CLOi robot, for example, will, according to its developers, be able to help out in the smart home by managing tasks like washing and drying and even turning on your oven – all through human-machine voice interaction. Other products, on the other hand, may still need more time. Kohler’s revolutionary Numi smart toilet may be intelligent thanks to its automated seat heater and mood lighting, but is perhaps an example of smart home living that can still be handled without AI or robotic assistance. At least for now. Finally, on a larger scale, the dawn of smart tech will also impact the very way smart homes are organised. Beyond the smart home itself lies a PHOTOGRAPHY: PHOTO MONTAGE: GETTY/ZHUDIFENG; STOCKSY/AGENCIA; UN STUDIO; LG ELECTRONICS 46 THE JAGUAR

grander idea of something even more impactful: the smart community. Chris Trott is the Head of Sustainability and a partner at architects Foster + Partners. He believes that technology will radically change the way communities are built, too. “The design of the home is changing profoundly. Once upon a time, people strove to own more things. Now they want to own experiences.” That is: it’s far more about the services offered than the actual gadgets. Technology itself is becoming ever more integrated with the millennia-old habits of humans, tailored to naturally form part of our digitally connected lives. “The best connected technologies will be more or less invisible,” Trott says. “You won’t actually know they’re there. Instead, they’ll simply make our lives easier.” Early experiments like Future Living Berlin, where real people are living real lives in prototype smart communities already exist to prove his point. And on Foster + Partners’ drawing boards are concepts like the South Sea Pearl Eco-Island in Hainan, China, a large, city-wide master plan of an entire community, built around intelligent solutions to basic human needs such as commuting, energy consumption and waste management. Most of that technology, however, is already with us, neatly fitted into our living room walls or sitting on our wrists. And it will keep listening and working with us – not against us – as we weave it into our everyday lives, one “Hey, Google!” at a time. “It’s amazing how quickly and naturally home assistant devices have made themselves useful,” says Wilson. “Just remember to be polite!” According to experts, robotic home assistants like LG’s CLOi (above) will soon be solving everyday tasks around the home, even organising and managing other smart devices THE JAGUAR 47

 

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THE JAGUAR #05

 

THE JAGUAR magazine celebrates the art of performance with exclusive features that inspire sensory excitement, from dynamic driving to seductive design and cutting-edge technology.

Led by an exclusive and insightful interview with unconventional actor and Jaguar campaign star Eva Green, this issue is full of Jaguar spirit. See the Jaguar XE 300 SPORT and XE SV Project 8 unleashed on the volcanic slopes of Sicily, go behind the scenes of setting two world records, look ahead to the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY Championship season debut, learn the secrets of thrill-making from three renowned proponents of the art, and much more.

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