Your Automated Drone Taxi alights on the top floor of the tallest building in the city: you step out, and survey the staggering skyline from your giddy parch, more than a mile high.
The air is thin, but the picotech in your bloodstream swiftly adapts – after all, you’re as much machine as human.
Your fashionable AR glasses feed you the day’s stock reports.
Google, that old dinosaur, is foundering badly. You turn and enter the building: time for a corporate takeover.
You’re an ambitious yuppie, and it is 2080’s. Welcome to the Future City.
Here are 9 positive predictions about the future technological advancements. They will shape our life in the third quarter of the 21st century.
1. Flying Drone Taxi
In the 80s, urban transportation – horizontal and vertical – is by means of autonomous drone taxis capable of VTOL flight. Hailing a ride couldn’t be any easier: there’s an app for that. Actually, drone taxis are old hat; they’ve been around since the 30s at least – that’s when Airbus introduced the Vahana.
2. Mile – High Buildings
Carbon nano-tubes and other advanced materials make for the regular construction of mile-high towers. Skyscrapers are now self-sufficient, life-like ecosystems-complete with indoor farms and photo-voltaic Windows. Most of them contains central computers networked with other buildings to create a yotta – scale, city – wide distributed AI. In the 80s, cities have a higher IQ than their residents.
3. Augmented reality
Things’ll look different in the 80’s literally. In the world after 60 years, Augmented Reality (AR) will blur the distinctions between the real and digital worlds; whether it’s through glasses, contacts, or neuroprosthetics we’ll interface with our computers and the Internet in strange (to us) but seamlessly intuitive ways.
4. Artificial Intelligence
In the future. AI can predict the weather, plan wars, and simulate the Big Bang – Machines have become valued companions and partners in the great adventure of civilization. They can think, plan, and make decisions, all thanks to advances in quantum systems, Picotechnology, and neuromimetic computing. Humans ain’t the only big brains around.
5. Gene tech
The revolution in genetic technology, unleashed by CRISPR/Cas – 9 and its successors, has long since played out; there is hardly a man or woman (in the cities) who hasn’t been genetically screened for diseases, mental illness, and unwanted errors. The 80s are the first decade of the new, enhanced human species.
6. Cyber Tech
But there’s only so much you can do with the raw materials of life. That’s where cybernetics steps in – the average 80s yuppie has almost as much hardware. Strength, speed, intelligence, sensory capacity, longevity – all this and more has been expanded through the incorporation of biomimetic “machines” in the human organism.
Technology is all about miniaturization – and the 80s have taken this to an extreme. Nanotech is so ubiquitous as to be almost Passe; the newest frontier is “Picotechnology” which is on the scale of trillions of a metre (10–12). With picotechnology, the very atoms of matter can be rearranged in novel ways.
Robotic technology has finally progressed to the point where we can package a powerful, adaptive AI within a humanoid chassis. The dream of androids (gynoids too!) has at last become a reality – though the ethics of the thing has yet to catch up. Our android friends sisters as in policing labour, and… well, much else besides.
9. Space Tech
For yuppies in the 80s, the world is truly their oyster – and it’s never been smaller. The rapid commercialization of space during the early decades of the century rendered long distance air travel obsolete. Suborbital flight means a journey from New York to Beijing in an hour. Or take a load off In the zero-g LEO hotels, if that’s your thing. Forget Vegas – there’s a whole constellation of pleasure-places floating in the heavens.