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What Our Homes May Look Like in a Decade

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    Courtesy of GE
    In GE's home of the future, improvements to voice recognition, motion-plus facial recognition, and deep-thinking technology will create "human" simulations of experts in fields like cooking. Sensors in kitchen appliances, as well as virtual cooking tutors, will give instructions tailored to your skill level and interests. Friends and family can share a celebrity chef experience with a replica of a famous maestro giving instructions to make it more of a party than lesson.

    We know that technology is changing everything around us, but do you wonder what that might look like in reality in your kitchen, bathroom and bedroom a decade from now?

    General Electric Co. invited me in for a glimpse of what its innovators think our homes might look like in the future in a project called "Home 2025."

    It's not the first time GE has done this. In 1960, Arthur BecVar, GE's manager of industrial design for major appliances, and his team of designers imagined a kitchen of the future. Today, many of his ideas, such as an induction cooking surface and refrigerator ice dispenser, have become a reality in many kitchens.

    I knew we were going to talk a lot about kitchen appliances when I visited GE, so I brought with me Chris Seiple, an executive chef in Minneapolis. I wanted Chris to give his professional opinion as a practitioner on what would have real application -- and what was just chatter. Neither of us were disappointed in the ensuing discussion. Read more about this story on PBJ.com.

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