Here are some glimpses of what life might be like in the near and distant future, from dwellings on remote worlds to a tremendously deep swimming pool.
In the countryside, a skyscraper
Bestseller, a clothing business, is developing a massive headquarters in the little Danish town of Brande. The city council approved the project in March 2019, although the start and end dates have yet to be defined. “It will be a landmark that puts Brande on the map,” says Anders Krogh Vogdrup, the head of construction at Bestseller.
This project, dubbed “Sky Tower,” is expected to handle at least 2,000 vehicle arrivals and departures each hour for Uber’s urban aviation transportation system, with each vehicle accommodating up to five people.
Oceanix City, located in calm, sheltered seas near coastal megacities, might be a flexible and long-term answer for human life on the sea. The city is a lush enclave built on five-acre floating concrete platforms that are tethered to the bottom in shallow waters. The city can change and evolve spontaneously over time, growing from a 300-person neighbourhood to a 10,000-person city.
Life on Mars
This design proposal is a finalist in a competition to create 3D-printed dwellings for Mars that is currently underway. The teams had to create dwellings that could endure Mars’ harsh radiation, high-temperature swings, and thin atmosphere. The shelters had to be developed in such a way that they could be 3D printed. A 3D printer might be dispatched to Mars to construct a habitat before humans even arrive, ensuring that they have a place to stay as soon as they arrive.
This balcony, which will open shortly at the Hudson Yards in New York City, is billed as “the highest outdoor deck in the entire Western Hemisphere,” with a glass floor that allows you to see down 1,100 feet to the neighbourhood below. A nine-foot wall of dramatically angled glass allows you to lean out over the city.
Precht, the designer of “The Farmhouse,” was discouraged by the fact that modern cultures were becoming increasingly detached from the sources of their food. As a result, they advocate for sky-high agriculture. The proposed building’s angled sides provide space for gardens that occupants can utilise to raise their food.
Studio Precht is located in the Austrian Alps.
Wet outside, dry in here
Sidewalk Labs, an Alphabet unit, is introducing protective components that will shelter people from the wind and rain in their smart city development in Toronto, allowing them to spend more time outside.
Lilium’s concepts for small, vertically taking off and landing electric jets could be used as air taxis in heavily populated urban areas.
The Lilium Jet has 36 independent engines and is developed on the notion of “ultra-redundancy.”
Vertical theme park
The Lionsgate Entertainment World, a virtual reality-heavy theme park on China’s Hengqin Island, is planned to open in July. Rides, shops, and attractions will be set in the worlds of iconic Lionsgate films such as “The Hunger Games,” “Twilight,” and “Escape Room.”
The unmanned aircraft “HAWK30,” which HAPSMobile is developing as a telecommunications platform, is about 256 feet long.
“HAWK30” can fly at a top speed of 70 miles per hour, thanks to solar panels on its wings that house 10 propellers. Its solar panels are always powered by sunshine because it flies at high altitudes above the clouds.
The proposed “Dutch Windwheel” in Rotterdam will have a hotel and residences on the inner band, and a high-tech Ferris Wheel-like attraction with 40 coaster cabins on the outer band.
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos laid out his vision of up to a trillion humans living in “manufactured worlds” built by future generations at a recent event in Washington.
The “O’Neill colonies,” named after physics professor Gerard K. O’Neill, would be built miles above Earth and rotated to create artificial gravity.
Bezos envisions millions of such colonies containing billions of people, all fueled by the sun’s constant light and the massive resources found on the moon, asteroids, and other planets.
Epic’s movie plans: A battle royale in the making
With an audience of around 350 million users worldwide, Fortnite has firmly entrenched itself in the hearts of many gamers. But if you thought Fortnite was already everywhere, wait till you see what Epic is planning: how about a full-scale move into broader media? With this, Epic will fortify its already enviable hold on the industry.
According to The Information, three high-ranking LucasFilm workers joined Epic Games early this year, including the studio’s former VP of physical production, Jason McGatlin, implying that cinematic projects are a top priority for the firm. Lynn Bartsch (head of business affairs) and Chris Furia (vice president of production finance) both left LucasFilm for Epic. The word on the grapevine is that these high-ranking executives will be part of a team looking to power the “scripted video programming business”. A Fortnite movie has apparently “already been considered” inside the studio’s special projects department, according to the source – though that’s about all we know so far.
Epic is apparently looking for new ways to get into people’s brains (and wallets) now that Apple has banned it from the App Store, and given that Epic is unlikely to appear on Apple shops again for the foreseeable future, it’s understandable that the business would look into other entertainment divisions.
Perhaps you’re looking forward to Peely doing his thing on screen, but Epic surely has dollar signs (or is that V-Bucks) in its eyes. It wouldn’t be the first to make the leap either; Lego has found much joy in hitting the silver screen, and it’s hard to imagine the powers that be at Epic don’t want a slice of that pie. Guess we have to prepare for a battle royale on the entertainment front.
4 Must Reads – Straight from Elon Musk’s recommendation list
Elon Musk’s reading collection includes science fiction classics as well as complicated literature on cutting-edge technologies. His vision as the leader of some of the world’s most valuable companies makes it interesting to take a peek into the inner workings of his mind. Musk is also known for sharing his suggestions on social media.
Let’s evaluate some fascinating reads from his recommendations.
Steve Jobs, by Walter Isaacson
This book chronicles the ambitious and adventurous life of Apple’s brilliant entrepreneur and eccentric creator. Steve Jobs covers the man’s successful enterprises, beginning with his early experiences with spirituality and LSD and ending at the pinnacle as a worldwide technology superstar. This is a well-researched book that goes into the thinking of the man behind the world’s most valuable technological business.
Life 3.0, by Max Tegmark
The Brief Introduction to Artificial Intelligence, Elon Musk’s latest book, is one of the few that explores the idea of AI being used for good rather than harm in the world. Max Tegmark, an MIT scientist, addresses how to keep Artificial Intelligence helpful to humans while simultaneously ensuring that technological progress is consistent with humanity’s long-term goals.
The Big Picture, by Sean M. Carroll
The Big Picture is a bold examination of the world we live in and how we may make sense of the vast majority of it through scientific thought. It teaches readers how to think about the most difficult things, such as the origins of life, awareness, and the cosmos itself, using a deductive approach. Sean Carroll is a practicing theoretical physicist with some unique philosophical perspectives. Sean invented the phrase “poetic naturalism”, which is addressed in the book.
Superintelligence, by Nick Bostrom
Superintelligence is intended to be a serious, hard-headed examination of the impending arrival of computers that are far smarter than humans. Musk has often warned about the dangers of unfettered Artificial Intelligence, and this book examines the pitfalls of taking technology too far too soon.
Evolve or perish: The eternal organisational dictum
Keeping up with big tech companies could prove to be a difficult task. Businesses are made to last, but not all of them last the course. Take the examples of Nokia, Yahoo, etc. These companies were giants at one time, titans of their respective spheres, but could not keep up with the changing times (even if they were renowned) and eventually crumbled away.
A complete understanding of the customer ecosystem is necessary. Based on insights from consumer data, a business has to evolve with time and needs. By deploying the right data analytics systems and reinventing your value proposition, any company born in the analogue age can generate the same benefits through digital disruption.
Companies like Tesla, Airbnb, etc. transformed the industries they are part of. Business and consumer data are constantly being collected by high-tech companies. To keep up with such high-tech companies, traditional businesses must be able to access and arrange data to better understand their consumers, technology, and competitors to compete and thrive.
Recognizing when your firm needs a major change is one of the keys to success for any business. Unfortunately, due to a broader culture of resistance or an emphasis on conserving old land, many legendary firms miss out on greater possibilities, and get lost in the sands of time. Keep your pulse on the market, and be ready to evolve with the times, lest you end up being a snail in a race run for greyhounds.
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