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Is this what our cities will look like in 100 years’ time?

Is this what our cities will look like in 100 years’ time?

A Moon base is more than just likely, according to scientists – and it would only be the beginning.

We’ve accepted drones as the future of delivery, and the first humans have signed up for exploratory flights into space with the aim of colonizing Mars.

But what will it like to live on Earth in 100 years’ time?

According to the SmartThings Future Living Report, in which scientists predict the future, drones delivering parcels are only the first step – in the future, they’ll deliver everything, from books to holiday homes (for the true ‘home away from home’ feeling).

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The report was authored by a team of experts, including Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock, one of the UK’s leading space scientist, as well as award-winning architects and lecturers at the University University of Westminster, Arthur Mamou-Mani and Toby Burgess, and pioneering urbanists Linda Aitken and Els Leclerq.

But drones are just the beginning.

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Prepare yourself for super skyscrapers, by far dwarfing London’s The Shard; and while cities’ limited space means we’ll build higher, the report predicts earth scrapers, digging 25 stories or more into the ground, will also start shaping our cities.

Considering more than 70% of our planet’s surface is covered in water, it comes as not much of a surprise that self-sustaining underwater cities, generating their own hydrogen fuel, are made out to be not just a possibility but a very real prospect.

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And while 3D printing is still something we’re only starting to play around with, it’s what our future is most likely built on – quite literally, as the team behind the report predicts it to be used for everything, from printing houses and furniture to Michelin-star meals.

The experts say our living spaces will become more flexible, to match our lifestyles while at the same time taking into consideration the declining availability of space.

On the topic of space – yes, we will colonize the Moon. And Mars. And, if the scientists are correct, we’ll even go beyond that.