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The future of underwater cities, super skyscrapers

How underwater cities, super skyscrapers and 3D-printed homes will all be a reality within 100 years

Underground 'earthscrapers', underwater cities and 3D-printed homes look set to be the future.
Underground 'earthscrapers', underwater cities and 3D-printed homes look set to be the future.

Underground “earthscrapers”, underwater cities and 3D-printed homes will all be part of everyday life a century from now, according to a new report on life in the future.

The SmartThings Future Living Report, created by architects, academics and futurologists as well as lecturers from the University of Westminster, suggests that “bubble cities” will be created underwater making the ocean depths habitable while other buildings will plunge into the earth.

They also believe personal drones will become a staple mode of transport, as well as being used to carry entire homes around the world for holidays.

Scientist Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock, who co-authored the report, 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 10 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.

“Over the next century we will witness further seismic shifts in the way we live and interact with our surroundings – working on the SmartThings Future Living Report with a panel of industry experts has allowed me to explore what these could be.“

The report also suggested that not only will furniture within homes become 3D-printed, but replicas of entire houses and structures could be printed, while the workplace, holograms will enable virtual meetings to take place.

3D-printing food – something already possible today – will also become smarter, with the ability to download dishes from our favourite chefs and print them, ready to eat, in minutes.

The colonisation of the Moon and then Mars will also have taken place, with commercial flights into space available.

SmartThings UK managing director James Monighan said: “The smartphone revolution is already ushering in the smart home revolution, which will have massively positive implications on how we live.

“Our homes are becoming smarter and can now detect the presence of things like people, pets, smoke, humidity, lighting and moisture. And this is just the beginning.”

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