Driverless vehicles, 30km tall buildings with spaceports and mini-cities in the sky are just some of the things we can expect to see in 2045, according to equipment hire firm, Hewden.
The company’s 2045: Constructing The Future report, developed by futurologist, Ian Pearson, has been released to coincide with Back To The Future Day.
Tuesday, October 20, 2015 was the date Marty McFly and Dr Emmett Brown time-travelled to in the 1980s blockbuster movie, Back to the Future II.
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Although many things in the film have not come true (where are our hover boards, shirts with two collars and laces that tie themselves?), there are plenty that have.
Ian said: “While we’re not all flying around in cars, there are a number of things, such as the use of drones, video conferencing and some of the physical structures that were portrayed very accurately in the movie.
“The acceleration of new technology has and will continue to be the biggest driver for change.
“As we look forward another 30 years we can expect to see a very different but exciting world.
“Augmented reality will play a major role in the aesthetics of a building. It’s likely that many buildings will actually be very plain, instead using AR to create visually appealing environments for those that visit.
“The use of super-strong carbon-based materials will enable us to build incredibly tall structures, some even up to 30km high.
“This will make space travel more convenient and, for major transport hubs like London, going into space will be a regular occurrence in 2045.
“A few of these structures may be so large that their capacity enables them to function as small cities in their own right, with all the usual city functions mixed within the same building.”