Homes to turn ‘smart’ within next decade

Greek scientists said on Saturday they have begun working on technology designed to introduce artificial intelligence into homes and offices within a decade, making them more energy efficient. Experts from the technical colleges of Piraeus, Thessaloniki and Patras began working on designing «smart buildings» six months ago and unveiled their plans at a technology conference in Thessaloniki on Saturday. «Our project is focusing on a smart system which will attempt to satisfy demands for a comfortable environment while minimizing the use of energy,» said Christos Karaiskos, a professor at the technical college of Piraeus. The Greek-designed system, under the Archimides II EU program, is based on computer software which will control the building’s windows, air conditioning, heating and shutters according to owner preference.