LONDON – A city made of underwater bubbles of glass, human colonies on the moon and on Mars, houses built with huge 3D printers, skyscrapers more than a kilometre high and personal drones used as means of transport. This is what the world will be like in a hundred years time, in 2116, as imagined by a group of British academics and futurologists, in a study commissioned by Smart Things and presented in the last few days in London.
What future awaits us?
The report also explains how skyscrapers in the future will develop underground, up to 25 floors in the bowels of the planet, to demonstrate how people will try to colonize all the globe’s unoccupied spaces. Certainly, there is always the unknown factor of what the future holds exactly, considering that, for example, forecasts of a hundred years ago predicted flying cars and food based on pills for 2016 and did not even imagine the wonders of the internet.
The digital revolution
But one of the co-authors of the study, the scientist Maggie Aderin-Pocock, was adamant, “Our lives today would be unrecognizable to those who lived a century ago. The internet in particular has revolutionized the way we communicate, learn and keep track of our lives.” In any case, in the coming decades, we will see profound changes in our way of living and in our relationship with the environment. A revolution that in the years to come, without waiting for 2116, will according to academics focus considerably on smart phones, which will allow us to plan our lives right down to the smallest detail.
by Alessandro Michielli