There’s one thing about the future that we can be sure of: whatever predictions we make for it will fail miserably. Still, it’s amusing and instructive to speculate, and in that spirit we present a vision of urban life in the 80s—the 2080s, that is. Here’s a look at some of the emerging technologies that will shape the cities of seven decades hence.
Humans dreams big—and, better yet, we make those dreams a reality. It’s enabled us to tame nature, build new nations, defeat disease, defy gravity and even reach the Moon. And we’re not done yet—not by a long shot. From the quantum internet to terraforming Mars, here are some of mankind’s most ambitious future moonshots.
Landmines are finished thanks to this spinach.
In the future, you could fold your iPhone in half without cracking the screen.
That's right, scientists made "bomb sniffing spinach" a thing.
Easily produced conductive silk could be on the way.
Immense, mile-high city-pyramids with millions of inhabitants. Solar power stations on the Moon to feed an energy-hungry world. Cities under the sea, and cities atop the sea, drifting in the currents and altering the political landscape of the world. These are just a few of the ambitious future dreams of Japan’s Shimizu Corporation.
It has begun.
The Second Industrial Revolution is at hand. Advanced new materials—such as carbon nanotubes, graphene, and transparent aluminum—promise to change the world with their near-miraculous properties. Here’s a roundup of the most important super materials of tomorrow.
Aerogel, life-support systems, better rockets...and it's all free.
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