Imagine underwater cities, underground skyscrapers, 3D printed food and transport drones
Market Business News
By Veronica Cruz
16 February 2016
Imagine a world full of underwater cities, underground skyscrapers, 3D printed food and houses, personal drones instead of cars as an individual human’s mode of transport, and regular passenger commercial flights to the Moon and maybe even Mars. These quasi-science fiction type notions may become fact by the year 2116, i.e. in one hundred years’ time.
SartThings, which belongs to South Korean multinational giant Samsung, commissioned a study – The SmartThings Future Living Report – which was created by a team of academics and futurologists (scientists and social scientists who try to predict what the future will be like).
The authors say that by 2116, our descendants will be able to live in huge underground 25-storey skyscrapers they call Earthscrapers.
Global warming means sea levels will increase, so that humans will have less land to live on. Architects, town planners and policymakers will probably eventually decide there is nothing they can do to effectively stop the sea from rising, and will suggest building towns under the ocean.
Most of the Earth’s surface – 71% – consists of water. If that proportion is going to increase due to climate change, perhaps humans should consider living in the sea.
Personal transport will be different
By the year 2116, we’ll all be moving around in our own driverless, personal drones, which may also serve as ‘transport mules’ that carry heavy things around, including our workplaces and even our homes.
In the future, when people go on holiday they’ll be able to take their homes with them. Imagine what holiday resorts like Ibiza, Bali or Cancun will look like. Perhaps, instead of lots of hotels and villas for rent, there’ll be many ultra-sophisticated caravan-style parks where you can park your house.
Co-author, Dr. Maggie Aderin-Pocock, a space scientist who used to present the BBC monthly documentary television programme on astronomy The Sky at Night, explains that our lives today are virtually unrecognizable compared to how we used to live in 1916.
For example, the Internet has changed how we learn, enjoy our leisure time, shop, book holidays, work, communicate, and control our lives.
Things are changing super-fast, Dr. Aderin-Pocock explained:
“Just 10 years ago, technology like SmartThings would have been inconceivable, yet today developments like this let us monitor, control and secure our living spaces with the touch of a smartphone.”