Many people are wondering what the future city will look like.
If I were to look into my crystal ball, what I would see is that
future cities will be clean, green and full of optimism and hope.
The city of the future will be cleaner and greener because of
solar and hydrogen energy. Elevated hydrogen trains (Hyrail)
will be powered by solar energy that electrolyzes water for fuel
cells. This electricity will power MagLev Hyrail trains.
Also running through future cities will be, at ground level, hydrogen
fuel cell trains (or Hydrail).
While Hyrail will most typically be passenger trains, hauling people
around the future cities, Hydrail will be using the power of hydrogen
fuel cells to haul cargo inside and outside of town.
The future cities of America and elsewhere will also be heavily
equipped with solar panels. There will be photovoltaic panels on
the rooftops on almost every building and the windows of each building
will double as solar panels as well.
And, of course what would a future city be without a future
car for every driver? These future cars will
run on hydrogen, electricity, biofuels and even air. There
may even be a few future flying cars that
sail above traffic during rush hour. Thing Jetson or Flux
Capacitor, then think again. Prototypes are here now.
Einstein Cities ...
In the cities of the future, every building will have smart technology.
The smart technology will distribute and conserve energy through
the building where it is needed most. Also, many buildings using
solar energy will produce more electricity than they consume. They
will be tied into the smart grid, selling power back and the smart
grid will redistribute the energy in sections of the state and country
where it is needed most.
The future city will also be inhabited with huge balloons
filled with algae the produce hydrogen. This hydrogen will then
either be run through stationary fuel cells to provide energy or
be used as fuel for cars.
City life in the future will be a bit different than it is today.
Future phones and laptops will have merged into small hybrids with
WiFi everywhere and VoIP the standard for carrying voice and video
Life in the future city will have
people even more plugged in than they are today. Virtual conferencing
using virtual reality will be standard.
Future robots will have taken over the many tasks. The Honda ASIMO
robot will be in a Tech Museum right downtown. Other kinds of robots
will inhabit the future home.
People will only travel for vacation as the need to travel for
business will be eliminated with the virtual business world. And
for people who do want to go on vacation will do so either on supersonic
jets or Maglev bullet trains.
The typical future city will also be filled with people using jetpacks
instead of driving their own vehicles or in addition to
their vehicles. Fuel grade hydrogen peroxide will power
these jetpacks that only emit water vapor and will be
able to travel for miles before refueling.
Nano Tech Cities ...
This vision of what the future cities will look like is all based
upon emerging technology that is available now. This emerging technology
of course has to be refined, downsized in many cases and of production
quality. Look for nanotechnology to have taken over in many fields.
The future city will be a bright, hopeful place filled with green
energy, interconnectivity and applied virtual reality.
Written by Kevin Lepton