A new report by a group of academics and futurologists, The SmartThings Future Living Report, which was commissioned by Samsung-owned internet of things firm SmartThings, suggest that in a century’s time humans will be able to live in ‘Earth-scrapers’, which will go up to 25 storeys underground. Entire cities suspended under water within a giant transparent bubble, as well as “super skyscrapers” that surpass the Shard.
The academics, which include future architects and urbanists as well as lecturers from the University of Westminster, suggest that ‘bubble cities’ will be created underwater making the depths habitable for humans.The self-sustaining bubble, fully equipped with 3D printed houses as well as schools, offices and parks, would use the surrounding water to both supply itself with oxygen and generate hydrogen fuel.
Buildings and interiors will evolve into hyper-flexible spaces, with rooms able to change size and shape depending on how many people are in there at one time. Walls, ceilings and floors will have embedded technology that will allow the bedroom to become much smaller and the living room larger when having guests over, for example.
They also believe personal drones will become a staple mode of transport, as well as being used as futuristic “mules” to carry entire homes around the world for holidays by transporting your entire home to your holiday destination. 3D-printed food, something that is already possible today, will become a way of life, with the ability to download dishes from your favourite chefs, which can be printed out, ready to eat, in seconds.
Earth-Scrapers – multi-level, subterranean structures that are built deep into the ground – will become popular places to live. The authors say the rise in ‘super basements’ in London is an early example of people looking for more creative ways to add space in popular cities.
British space scientist Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock co-authored the report commissioned by Samsung’s SmartThings app, said: “Our lives today are almost unrecognisable from those a century ago. The internet has revolutionised the way we communicate, learn and control our lives. “Over the next century we will witness further seismic shifts in the way we live and interact with our surroundings” said Dr Aderin-Pocock. “Our homes are becoming smarter and can now detect the presence of things like people, pets, smoke, humidity, lighting and moisture,” said James Monighan, SmartThings UK managing director.
“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. Over the next century we will witness further seismic shifts in the way we live and interact with our surroundings – working on the SmartThings Future Living Report with a panel of industry experts has allowed me to explore what these could be.”
Advanced medical technology could also allow for health diagnosis pods to be installed in every home, which could supply medication or even a remote surgeon following a diagnosis, and make it more difficult for anyone to ‘pull a sickie’ from work due to the accuracy of the health pods.Digital developments in healthcare will also mean fewer visits to the doctor. Homes will be equipped with a step-in capsule, which will scan bodies and provide a diagnosis digitally.
Skyscrapers will reach unprecedented heights, and be able to host a whole town extended high above ground. Prefabricated houses will be assembled on top of the buildings, connected by giant aerial highways and elevated pedestrian streets, with shopping outlets, cafes and parks. For those wanting to travel between these new ‘mega buildings’, a new kind of drone-car will fly people directly.
Finally, space flights will become commonplace and there will also be communities established on Mars and the Moon. The 3D printed homes would be equipped with ‘smart’ LED surfaces that automatically adapt and reconfigure the interior layout of the home to suit the inhabitants’ changing moods. The report also suggested that not only will furniture within homes become 3D-printed, but replicas of entire houses and structures could be printed. In the workplace, holograms will enable virtual meetings to take place.
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