Predicting the future can be a fool’s errand.
Need proof? Just look some previous predictions showing a timeline of failed tech predictions by some of the biggest names in business, academia, and technology over the last two centuries.
The World 100 Years in the Future
So why predict the future? Because it’s fun and it helps us critically think about how to take advantage of future investment and business opportunities.
In the case of today’s infographic from Futurism, the predictions are courtesy of a team of “futurists, architects, technological forecasters, and sociological soothsayers” that were hired by Samsung to look at what life may be like in the year 2116.
The types of predictions fall into three main categories:
The report predicts that homes of the future will be be 3D-printed by swarms of drones, and that cities will take completely different shapes than what we are used to. Cities in the future will use stronger materials such as carbon nanotubes that will allow us to build skyscrapers that are unlike anything we’ve seen. On land they will be taller and stronger, but we will also be able to build cities underwater and underground, or in arcologies (architectural ecologies) that will dwarf today’s tallest structures.
Science and Research
The fusion of humans and machines will blur the lines of what is human and what is not.
(As a side note: Futurist Ray Kurzweil predicts that we have no option but to do this. He says that by 2045 “the pace of change will be so astonishingly quick that we won’t be able to keep up, unless we enhance our own intelligence by merging with the intelligent machines we are creating”.)
Medicine and Aging
In 100 years, much of healthcare will take place in our own homes. Walk-in medical capsules or pods capable of multispectral scanning will constantly assess our bodies for disease or damage.
Leisure and Travel
There will be a rise of a “nomadic and rootless” culture as private sub-orbital spaceflight blurs the lines between nations. 3D-printed homes may be folded up and moved to new locations.
Humans will become an multiplanetary species, using new propulsion technology to explore the solar system with manned flight.
The full publication containing all predictions can be found here.