This week on Dezeen, tech was the talking point, as Owen Hopkins considered life after the smartphone and Patrick Schumacher urged people to overcome their paranoia about new developments like AI.
In his latest opinion column, Hopkins brought our attention to the dwindling supremacy of the iPhone.
He predicted that the smartphone will soon be replaced by multiple devices such as voice control speakers, activity bracelets, smart watches and AR goggles – what he calls “the decentralisation of our digital lives”.
Schumacher also looked to the future of technology when speaking at the NLA’s Campari Talks this week, where he stressed the need for society to be less paranoid about digital platforms and AI, as they are the key to cost-effective housing.
The Zaha Hadid Architects principal disclosed that the firm is already researching the potential of technology to create a new kind of prefabricated living space, as using AI to help customise mass-produced housing would eventually make it cheaper.
In other tech news, Bose extended its noise-cancelling technology to vehicles this week, developing a version of its QuietComfort noise-cancelling headphones for cars, to minimise unwanted sounds inside.
The company’s new QuietComfort Road Noise Control (RNC) technology detects vibrations on the vehicle body caused by driving over uneven surfaces and sends a cancellation signal through the car’s speakers, reducing the road noise heard by passengers.
Boeing also completed the first test flight of its electric autonomous passenger drone after revealing the concept just one year ago, making it one of the first models to move from the drawing board to the skies.
In this week’s architecture news, photographs of David Chipperfield’s Zhejiang Museum of Natural History in China were revealed, while Yalin Mimarlik completed an orange-coloured archaeological museum in Turkey, dedicated to the history of the city of Troy.
Top picks include Italian restaurant that was formerly an early 20th-century cinema and a revamped brutalist hotel.
Projects that stole readers’ attention this week include a crowdfunding campaign launched by New World Design to build a golden picket fence around US president Donald Trump’s compound in Palm Beach, Florida, Doug Aitken’s mirrored Mirage house installed in the Swiss alps, and Volvo’s Living Seawall designed to combat pollution.