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What Cities Will Look Like In 2050
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Plane Use

When you think about what cities will look like in 2050, you might not be thinking about how planes will play a role in this. Yet you’re likely going to see a rise in air pads on buildings. Not because of the use of helicopters but rather, due to plane use. As we get closer to the future, planes will slowly become less reliant on fossil fuels than they are now. We’ve already seen the first fully electric plane travel 250 miles, which is certainly not going to be a distance anyone travels in a city. Due to this, one charge could take someone nearly anywhere in the city without having to deal with high traffic or public transportation. The cheapness of this travel will make it easier for people to afford it and likely we’ll see fully automated plane usage inside city limits by 2050 too.

What Cities Will Look Like In 2050
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The Use Of Radiowaves

Right now, many think of radiowaves as the stuff we use to listen to the radio. While this is true in part, radio itself has changed a lot over the years. As a result, radiowaves themselves are no longer used like they use to be. This opens them up to be accessed by technology. Radio waves themselves are a form of electromagnetic radiation that we are able to access and send signals through. That is likely because they have the longest wavelength in the electromagnetic spectrum. In 2050, buildings will access them and be able to charge your devices without needing to plug them in. Start-ups like Energous, among others, are already working on stuff like this right now. Just imagine how this will look by 2050.

What Cities Will Look Like In 2050
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Cybersecurity Improvement

Cities in the future will be doing their best to try and fix their security in hopes it’ll keep people safer. Right now, many places are promoting the importance of data privacy and preparedness. This is because we’re all trying to prevent cyberattacks, which will be even more crucial in the future when data will be of massive importance to the city overall. Privacy will likely be easier to have due to improved privacy systems. Yet city data will be the most vulnerable and likely the biggest target for potential terrorism. As a result, most of the cybersecurity improvements will be part of the city systems in an effort to prevent the city from being “hacked.”

What Cities Will Look Like In 2050
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Improved Information and Communications Technology (ICT)

Information and Communications technology, otherwise known as ICT, is going to be a big deal in the future. In fact, when you think about what cities will look like in 2050, ICT might very well help to shape them. Improvement in these systems will make cities much more capable of handling times of crisis. This might allow them to prepare for natural and other disasters much faster. On top of this, ICT improvement might help them restore services after disasters or storms knock them out of use somehow. New economic zones are already coming out of this. Some countries are even becoming world leaders within the information and communications field, which might result in their economies going through a boom period by 2050.

What Cities Will Look Like In 2050
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The Hyperloop

While plans developed by Elon Musk for the Hyperloop are certainly not very good, the actual hyperloop will be part of future cities. Places like Virgin have already developed incredible working models. Thus, we will likely see this and other high-speed rail projects in the coming years. High-speed rail or bullet trains have already been in use in places like Japan for years now. The hyperloop will likely be another step in this direction. Only, the hyperloop will be built underground and supposedly move at hundreds of miles per hour. Thereby cutting travel time down to destinations by an extreme amount. Planes may no longer be required to go from state to state here in the U.S. or nation to nation in places like Europe and Asia. A hyperloop could be employed instead, and potentially be much cheaper too.

What Cities Will Look Like In 2050
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Smart Health

As we move forward to the future, we will most certainly see healthcare improvements. Some expect organs to be grown in labs by this point, cutting out the need for donors. That could allow life expectancy to go up dramatically. Yet healthcare overall will improve in how we both diagnose and treat sicknesses. Tech will allow us to also support a person’s well-being. This might be through things like intervention and/or prevention for things like mental health and addiction. Yet it might also be for areas like potential organ damage, where we can keep track of how everything is working and ensure someone is getting the proper treatment.

What Cities Will Look Like In 2050
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Renewable Energy

While many of us might use electricity in our homes, that is only possible still due to the burning of coal in most places. Yet we’ve already proven that hydroelectric and nuclear energy are both possible and can be more widespread in the United States. Places like Norway make most of their money through exporting oil but happen to be the “cleanest” nation on Earth. Why? They use wind energy to power most of their cities. Solar energy has also proven to be valuable along with geothermal. Power grids can be hacked and altered, and power plants among other things are only bad for the environment. Why are we not taking advantage of these renewables? Simple, it’s a political thing. Oil, Gas, and Power Companies will lose money when we move in this direction and they have money to pay politicians.

What Cities Will Look Like In 2050
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The Rise Of AI

Artificial Intelligence will become one of the most important parts of our society. When you think about what cities will look like in 2050, most of the stuff we think about will be controlled in some form by AI. That does not mean it’ll control everything, but it will certainly assist us with most of the stuff we do. Cities will need AI to be smart and powerful enough to handle complex problems. If today is any indication, our AI is clearly becoming pretty impressive. Again, every single image in this article was generated using AI software. While the author of this article had to alter and use some math to get the images perfect, the AI still did most of the work. Thus proving there will still be a need for humans but AI will still help us keep cities intact.

 

Where Do We Find this Stuff? Here Are Our Sources:

United Nations

European Union

United States Department of Transportation

National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA)

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

Vanderbilt University

USA Today

NBC News

CNN

CBS News

BBC

Wall Street Journal

Scientific American

National Geographic

The Futurist

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