Samsung have published their SmartThings Future Living Report, which I thought you might like to take a look at.
Here’s a fairly comprehensive run through of all the main points…
– with Malleable / personalised homes that reconfigure to suit flexible space requirements.
– Smart(er) homes (well – it is commissioned by Samsung SmartThings – so they would emphasise this), but my feeling is that they are correct. Automation, integration and adaption are key things we can look forward to.
– Virtual Decoration. Using augmented reality or projection and LED surfaces to adapt to mood – from displaying design to news.
– 3D printing . Purchasing online / customising for purpose, then printing locally. The report mentions environmental benefits, including reconstitution for full recycling.
– Sustainability. Waste to become fuel through Microbial fuel cell stacks. Eventually everyone living off the grid, with renewable energy elements built into the homes fabric. Further ahead the report discusses capturing energy generated from particle / atomic movements and transmission of energy via microwaves.
– Grow your own. Will we see the emergence of growable surfaces, with mini ecosystems within our homes providing for food and materials for our 3D printers.
– Self cleaning / repairing materials. Mimicking nature to create materials or products that self-heal or protect has already started. Future examples are concrete embedded with bacteria that produces limestone when cracks let moisture in.
– Architecture of the future. The report predicts super-ckyscapers, sub aquatic and floating communities, and a new trend for building deeper into the earth.
– Aquatic Homes. Using electrolysis to create Hydrogen as fuel and Oxygen from H2O, alongside improvements in solar cells and capturing energy from waves, means floating communities could never need to stop on land – producing everything they need onboard.
– Further up, deeper down. Continuation of the trend of 1km+ buildings – made possible by carbon nanotubes cement composite and diamond nanothreads replacing steel cables (100x resistance and 1/6 the weight). These future towers would be built by automated robots / drones and serviced by flying cars. The report predicts a similar trend to dig further down too – benefiting from natural insulation of soil and protection of the elements.
Work, Science and Research
– Integrated A.I. Eventually heralding the post-human age including transhumanism, which is a state of integration man/tech. Before then, we will benefit from being assisted in all areas of life, including even storing of our memories and even personality traits and of course using our mind to control our environment.
– Massive Telescopes. Leading to maybe discovery of distant life, ultimately uniting humanity, ending countries and formation of world governance (although being in the UK this last month through Brexit – I think out of all the predictions, this one might be the furthest from coming to fruition!)
– Work. Using holograms to reduce the need for actual presence in meetings. The report suggests this will lead to a reduced working week. Personally I’m skeptical of this – as mobile phones, email and the internet have done nothing to reduce working hours.
Medicine and Ageing
– Homes equipped with medical screening. Digitisation of healthcare. Leading to more accurate diagnosis. We will see step-in capsules able to fully scan bodies and provide a digital diagnosis. With the machine even dispensing a relevant pill at the end.
– Customising medicines for our genetics.
– Remote operations. (Already being investigated for space living)
– Commercial space flight. For both fast global travel, and trips to colonises in space hotels, the Moon or Mars.
– Moving home or going abroad and taking your home with you. Think caravan – but being carried by a massive drone.
– 3D printed food. This is already here – revolutionising the concept of a microwave dinner. Will it replace eating in top restaurants – if you can download an entire gourmet meal?
– Virtual leisure. Taking virtual holidays, hologram dating sites, holographic pets.
– Living in space. Partly for necessity. Further ahead – discoveries of things like worm holes would allow us to colonise beyond our solar system. Humans can be genetically changed to adapt to less Earth-like planets. The items listed above will allow great self-sustaiability and the ability to create our own little planet Earths.