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Here Is What the World of 2045 Will Be Like

By Popular Mechanics

In which we, the 2018 staff of Popular Mechanics, asked the smartest engineers and futurists for their visions of future cities, and built a handbook to navigate this new worldRead full story

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  • The picture with a few drones in the air reminds me of the 1939 New York Worlds Fair where they had an exhibit on cities in the 1960s. It depicted a network of raised highways with half a dozen or so cars. They got it right except no one foresaw just how many cars would be on the road. So I’m guessing

    The picture with a few drones in the air reminds me of the 1939 New York Worlds Fair where they had an exhibit on cities in the 1960s. It depicted a network of raised highways with half a dozen or so cars. They got it right except no one foresaw just how many cars would be on the road. So I’m guessing that in the 2040s we’ll see urban skyscapes filled with tens of thousands of drones.

  • If history has taught us anything it's that these types of future predictions are notoriously off the mark, but they are interesting nonetheless, not least for what they tell us about the present circumstances.

  • As a metallurgist, I wonder how much thought was given to materials availability, mat'l cost, trade offs of mining that so many in the U.S. abhor vs oil based matls, and the ever present geopolitical effects. Nevertheless, futuristic articles are always interesting reads (maybe encourage enrollment in

    As a metallurgist, I wonder how much thought was given to materials availability, mat'l cost, trade offs of mining that so many in the U.S. abhor vs oil based matls, and the ever present geopolitical effects. Nevertheless, futuristic articles are always interesting reads (maybe encourage enrollment in STEM?) and play into my all time favorite cartoon, The Jetsons.

  • Hands down one of the best articles I’ve read this year. It’s impartial & accurate. I can’t wait to see what develops out of this.

  • I would like to point something out. If you took the polls embedded in this article, only 52% of the poll-takers think that the world will be a better place in 2045 while 69% of people believe that surveillance technology has already gone too far. Now that may change as time progresses, but as of about

    I would like to point something out. If you took the polls embedded in this article, only 52% of the poll-takers think that the world will be a better place in 2045 while 69% of people believe that surveillance technology has already gone too far. Now that may change as time progresses, but as of about noon CST, these were the numbers. And honestly, that’s just sad.

  • Here is another view of the future. Short video about “Reinventing Fire”. They mention but do not show the vehicle that they are proposing but it is pretty impressive. A few years ago Tesla vehicles seemed very futuristic but now one see them on the road frequently so perhaps Lovin’s vision is not so

    Here is another view of the future. Short video about “Reinventing Fire”. They mention but do not show the vehicle that they are proposing but it is pretty impressive. A few years ago Tesla vehicles seemed very futuristic but now one see them on the road frequently so perhaps Lovin’s vision is not so pie in the sky after all.

    https://youtu.be/1icbBaBNCBM

  • I am disappointed that these reaches in thought are more mechanical vs biological. The changes in my opinion will be biologically based more than mechanical.

  • All seems quite plausible and more like to be here in 2025/2030 or sooner than 2045.

  • Subscription basis car with an amenities and AR?

    It can be the greatest news for Airbnb😂😂😂

  • I want to see how engineers painted about the 2020 world in 2000.

  • A big surprise!

  • This was fun

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