What will life look like in a century's time?

Superstructures made of diamond, inverted skyscrapers and personal drones are among the mind-boggling (and possibly far-fetched) predictions for what life will look like in 100 years' time.

A panel of experts including scientists, futurist architects and lecturers made their predictions for a report commissioned by Samsung SmartThings, Samsung's Internet of Things arm.

Space scientist Maggie Aderin-Pocock said: "Our lives today are almost unrecognisable from those a century ago.

"The internet has revolutionised the way we communicate, learn and control our lives. Just ten years ago, technology like SmartThings would have been inconceivable, yet today, developments like this let us monitor, control and secure our living spaces with the touch of a smartphone." 

The report's predictions were influenced by environmental conditions, with growing populations leading to the development of structures that are better able to cope with space constraints and diminishing resources. So get ready for:

Super skyscrapers


Carbon nanotubes and diamond nanothreads will help create towering megastructures that will dwarf today’s skyscrapers.

Earth-scrapers

Just as skyscrapers are built up, earth-scrapers will be built downwards, tunnelling 25 storeys deep or more.

Underwater cities

Subterranean environments are likely to become a reality – water itself will be used to create breathable atmospheres and generate hydrogen fuel through the process.

Personal flying drones

Large, individual drones will replace cars and travelling holiday homes. Some will travel 'skyways' with personal flying drones instead of using cars, with ‘drone mules’ strong enough to carry entire homes around the world for holidays, for a true ‘home away from home’ vacation experience.

Colonisation of space

First the Moon, then Mars, then further into the universe.

3D-printed houses and furniture

We will be able to print exact replicas of large scale structures like houses out of local, recyclable materials.

Hyper-flexible living spaces and smart walls

Flexible living spaces will adapt to our needs by changing room layouts and furniture, as moving partitions make a bedroom smaller and living room larger when receiving guests or malleable walls provide extra seats or shelving on demand.  Smart LED room surfaces will mean you won’t need to re-decorate your home, as walls, floors and ceilings will adapt to suit your mood.

3D-printed meals

When it comes to entertaining, there will be no more botched recipes or pizza deliveries – instead we will be downloading dishes from famous chefs that we will tailor to our personal needs.  We will be able to 3D-print a banquet or a favourite cake in minutes.

Three-day working weeks

Our working lives will be transformed with the use of holograms which will allow us to attend meetings virtually, enabling us to interact truly as though in the same room as colleagues without needing to leave the comfort of our homes.  Time saved travelling to and attending meetings could lead to a shorter working week thanks to improved time-efficiency.

Home doctors

Stepping into home medi-pods will confirm if you really are ill, providing a digital diagnosis and supplying medicine or a remote surgeon if needed, meaning ‘pulling a sickie’ could be a thing of the past.

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