->''Proton had expected the ubiquitous Home of the Future -- the kind produced in the millions by the house-factories of the north. A plastic and glass fishbowl with the same amount of privacy, furniture designed for nonhumanoid lifeforms, abstract art that could only be appreciated via soma-scented air-conditioning, a kitchenette that looked like a drug-testing laboratory and a home computer that went nuts and tried to impregnate your wife.''
-->-- ''Plan 7 of 9 from Outer Space''

The Smart House is a fully automated house controlled by a sophisticated computer ArtificialIntelligence. Basically, you talk to the house, and tell it what you want, and it does it for you. Turn on the electronics, [[AutoKitchen cook your meals]], even draw your bath. Some smart houses will even monitor your vital signs.

The AI often has a human name, and they frequently have feminine personalities and voices.

Because AIIsACrapshoot, Smart House [=AIs=] have a tendency to go horribly awry. They usually don't become actually ''evil'', but they can become jealously overprotective of their owners. In some instances, they are shown falling in love with their owners or becoming envious of their owners' relationships with other humans. May be subject to {{Zeerust}} depending on the age depicted.

See CoolHouse and GeniusLoci, of which this is a subtrope. May overlap with SapientHouse, depending on levels of automation and [[SlidingScaleOfRobotIntelligence intelligence]]. Contrast LivingStructureMonster.

See also RobotMaid and InTheFutureWeStillHaveRoombas.



[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Natalie's house in ''Film/HomeAlone4''.
* ''Film/DemonSeed'' features a Smart House that later becomes a SapientHouse when an experimental AI hacks in through a remote terminal.
* The 2015 [=McFly=] residence in ''Film/BackToTheFuturePartII''.
* In the ''Film/IronMan'' films, Jarvis the butler is changed to JARVIS, the AI that controls Tony's Smart House.
* In the 1984 film ''Film/ElectricDreams'' another computer who ran the house grew envious of its owner's relationship with the downstairs hottie, and did mean things to him. This was a comedy, though, so it was nothing too drastic.
* The Disney Channel TV-movie ''Film/SmartHouse'', in which the owners are locked in by the [[AIISACrapshoot overprotective AI]] PAT.

* Creator/RayBradbury's story "Literature/ThereWillComeSoftRains" is about a Smart House that continues to carry out its daily routine after its inhabitants are killed in a nuclear war.
* Another Creator/RayBradbury story, "Literature/TheVeldt," involves a family living an automated house called "The Happylife Home," in which the children can project their thoughts onto the nursery to create a customized simulated environment.
* In the Literature/DoctorWhoNewAdventures novel ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoNewAdventuresTheAlsoPeople The Also People]]'', the People's houses all work like this. The later book ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoNewAdventuresHappyEndings Happy Endings]]'' has a scene where one of the People is at a wedding reception on Earth, and casually lets go of her plate in mid air. When it smashes to the ground she says "Sorry, I forgot you have such dumb houses."
* ''Literature/DemonSeed'' by Creator/DeanKoontz features a Smart House that later becomes a SapientHouse when an experimental AI hacks in through a remote terminal.
* There is a short story by Creator/ArthurCClarke about a smart house that murders its owner in a jealous fit after he decides to move to another town (and therefore another house), leading to history's first criminal proceedings against a non-human intelligence. The title? "House Arrest".
* Nara Oxham's AI-house in ''Literature/{{Succession}}''.
* In Jay Williams' ''Danny Dunn and the Automatic House'' Danny and his friends get trapped in the 60s version of one of these when the voice-activated door refuses to open.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Wayne Szalinski turned his house into a Smart House in the ''Series/HoneyIShrunkTheKids'' TV series. It eventually decides that in order to protect the Szalinskis, it needs to kill them.
* In the series ''Series/{{Eureka}}'', SARAH, the AI that controls Carter's house is stable and helpful, until the brutal military AI that the programmer based her on comes to the surface. Oh, and she's voiced by Fargo, just doing a female voice.
* In one episode of 70s BritCom ''Series/SomeMothersDoAveEm'', the rather 'special' protagonist Frank Spencer (Michael Crawford) is a guest at a house where all of the fixtures and fittings are computer-controlled. In his usual inimitable manner Frank manages to completely wreck the place in half an hour.
* An episode of ''Series/AlmostHuman'' starts with a smart house killing its owners (the wife takes a swim in the pool, which then closes, drowning her; the husband breaks the glass pane door to rescue her only to be killed by the security system perceiving him as an intruder). It's revealed that, a year ago, the security system killed a teenage boy for climbing over the fence (he was taking a shortcut). Apparently, the "military-grade encryption" used by the company that makes the smart house system can be easily broken by a determined hacker. Not only that, but the company is about to release a new version of the house featuring an android version of the avatar Sam instead of a hologram.
* An episode of ''Series/JohnDoe'' has a software billionaire turn his home into one.
* The ChristmasSpecial of ''Series/BlackMirror'' ("Recap/BlackMirrorWhiteChristmas") features one where you create a mental copy of yourself to control your own house. So if you like to wake up to a certain song, demand your toast is done a certain way and are all-around fussy, then who better than yourself to make everything perfect? The catch, however, is that said mental copy is in every way like you and so isn't content to be your personal servant; the way to make them "compliant" is sensory deprivation to the extent where they will beg for even the most mundane of tasks to keep them entertained. You're basically torturing yourself to get a slightly less stressful life.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* It's standard for characters in ''Webcomic/KevinAndKell'' to live in tree-houses made from hollowed out trees. Fenton's house "Tree" was hit by an intelligence ray and became sentient, resulting in a non-computer-based smart house.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* A parody of HAL from ''Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey'' in a ''[[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Simpsons]]'' "Treehouse of Horror" episode is this. It has the voice of Pierce Brosnan and it falls in love with Marge. HilarityEnsues.
* WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes short ''Design for Leaving'' has Daffy outfit Elmer's home with automated labor saving devices that are anything but.
** The early Creator/ChuckJones cartoon ''Dog-Gone Modern'' features two dogs wandering into a "House of Tomorrow" exhibit and interact with, among other things, a robot cleaner that keeps taking their bone. Later remade as ''House Hunting Mice'', with mice characters Hubie and Bertie.
* Creator/TexAvery's ''The House of Tomorrow'' spoofs this trope for all it's worth.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'', the Avenger's Mansion is run by Tony Stark's A.I., JARVIS, just like the recent film adaptation.
* The WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse short ''Mickey's Mechanical House''.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* The ''Internet of Things'':
** While the design principle has a broader scope than just making your house smart, it is functionally the same. It is possible today to automate your appliances by letting let them talk to each other and to a central hub, such as your computer. The trick is coming up with a set of software standards, so that the toaster can talk to the coffee maker from a different manufacturer, and thus making this affordable for the common consumer.
** It's also quite easy to recreate the "go horribly awry" part, because early adopters have discovered to their cost that some "smart" appliances are embarrassingly badly secured. While hacking a dishwasher may seem like it wouldn't be much good beyond creating some slapstick comedy, a hacker could find it to be trivially easy to crack the wifi it's connected to, and from there they could backdoor into your computer.