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A Sneak Peek into the Cities of the Future

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The tradition of moving to cities from villages is an old one. However, in the recent years, it has increased at a greater level as people are now much more aware of the better job opportunities in an urban city.

Thanks to technology for combining the ideas of futurists, urban planners, and designers to provide a sneak peek into the future cities.

To sum it up, the future consists of crowded cities which make the best use of renewable resources and revolves around the Internet.

Let’s have a look at our metropolitan future in the form of transportation, housing, automation, the Internet, the environment and jobs.

Cities Will Provide Data Required By The People.

The CEO of Google’s transportation offshoot, Sidewalk Labs, Dan Doctoroff, has shown a keen interest in constructing “smart cities.” Smart cities will have Internet flooding every part of the city.

In a smart city, the government would provide free access to high-speed Internet to all the citizens. The Internet will be used to gather information about transportation schedule and infrastructure.

This way people will stay informed through real-time about a restaurant being overcrowded and the availability of trains. Self-driving cars will be smart enough to choose the fastest route using data from other vehicles on the road.

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Cars Can Communicate To Other Vehicles!

In the next decade, cars will be self-driving, electric, and used mainly as shared vehicles to move around.

Cities will be very smart in dispatching the automated cars, according to David Pescovitz, research director at the Institute for the Future (IFTF) “you’ll start to see various forms of transportation almost as packets in the Internet getting switched around and routed to various places as they’re needed.”

Paul McConnell, design director at Intersection, suggests that people will use cars as mini-offices since they won’t need to focus on driving anymore. This would make it possible for them to carry out other tasks while the car drives itself.

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Cities Will Think for Themselves!

According to Pescovitz, cities will start thinking for themselves due to the numerous sensors which will be collecting data and enabling communication with one another at all times.

In light of this, it can be deduced that any means of public or private transportation will be coordinating with one another for the safety of people on roads.

Pescovitz also considers it likely that predictive models will be used in on-demand services. These models will analyze what you spend your money on to deliver items at your footstep before you even realize you need them.

100 years from now, “You start to see the city almost become sentient,” Pescovitz says.

Houses Packed Closely Together

The number of people will increase at a greater rate while the number of cars on the roads will decrease. Therefore, much of the area reserved for roads would be utilized to build streets and houses – most of them will be made up of micro apartments.

McConnell says “Our future urban landscapes may in some ways resemble the cities of our past, multi-generational households could offset the growing cost of living in cities while transforming community bonds in neighborhoods.”

Public Spaces Will Become Much More Important

The head of IFTF’s Technology Horizon team, Rod Falcon says that public spaces will play an even more important function in future cities.

When people would be living in close and compact areas, they would have a limited space to host dinner parties. In order to fulfill the space requirements of the community, the city could turn unused roads into bike and walking paths and transform parking lots into parks.

“Public spaces are going to need to be much more adaptable,” believes Falcon.

Robots; the New Humans

People in the future will be at a high risk of unemployment as robots will be replacing much of the human tasks. Falcon says that the nature of many jobs will require changes, moving from full-time careers to individual gigs.

“Jobs are getting unbundled into very specific tasks,” he says. Falcon mentions other user-specific services — Tinder for dating, Uber for rides. These applications have already made their way into the lives of people by providing results according to the needs and wants of the user. He says that the already existing services (Fiverr, Gigwalk) for the busy freelancers will only become better in the coming years.

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Brooks Rainwater, director of the City Solutions and Applied Research Center at the National League of Cities says that the most complex technology yet is the Google Photos app’s ability to recognize people in a photo. However, the future cities would possess much more advanced technology which would allow the installation of facial and object recognition technology in airports as well as houses for security.

In the future, there might not be any security guards to intimidate you but a simple, tall building to check your ID.

 

The Wind and Solar Power; the Energy of the Next Decade

Cities have already contributed adversely to climatic change, now, for damage control, the future cities will have to turn towards the wind and solar power. Huge wind farms and solar arrays will be the energies of the future.

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About Aruba Ali

Aruba Ali is an English student who loves to read and write in her leisure time. She continues to research and reach out to different people to expand her knowledge. Other than that, she enjoys doing photography.