20 August 2013
Cities of the Future
In the not too distant future we will all be living in self sufficient mega-buildings. One structure will contain city sized populations along with all the businesses, utilities and recreational facilities one would expect in a city and they will be able to be built, repaired and expanded relatively quickly and easily. These advanced construction processes will lay the foundations for a very bright future indeed.
Every human being will have free accommodation (housing), free nourishment (food), and free access to information and democratic collaboration (education). These cells will be entirely decentralised in terms of governance and property ownership. The high level of individual physical and mental health will allow communism to prevail over materialism. For that reason crime and social status will be almost non-existent and any antisocial behavior will be seen as a plea for help rather than something that begs punishment and revenge.
Everything we need will be efficiently produced and distributed in an automated manner. Food will be synthetically produced and will be optimally nutritious and flavourful. Human input in the production and distribution processes will be largely unnecessary and eventually even the designing and upgrading of systems will be handled by artificial intelligence.
Now i'm going to stretch my predictions further and discuss a hopeful but possible situation. Plants and animals will not be seen as commodities but as equal residents of the planet. They will not be caged into conservation areas but will be allowed to populate the planet naturally. There will be protocols in place to keep dangerous animals away from the cells and we'll be accustomed to being cautious when venturing outside of our cells. We will have the necessary vehicles to freely explore the Earth without putting ourselves in direct danger. We will not own pets but rather, certain animals will live among us in our cells. We will adapt to their instinctive behaviour rather than clashing with them.