Why the future is both closer and further away than we think
Aric Dromi is a digital philosopher, speaker at Tempus Motu and Chief-futurologist at Volvo cars. He sat together with Future Thinkers Podcast to have a conversation about future cities, and how technological trends such as blockchain, virtual reality and artificial intelligence will affect them.
Cities are the oldest structures we know. But in times of virtual reality, the imperative of living in the city, that descents from the industrial age, might be redundant, says Dromi. Therefore, he considers the future city rather digital than physical. People might not actually live there, but will still be present via virtual reality. Mobility changes will force a massive reshuffle of resources in the city and have a huge impact on energy, communication and culture at the same time.
Using blockchain in order to facilitate the data, a whole new supply chain will be made available to the cities. So far, the infrastructure of the cities is not yet prepared, so adapting or retrofitting is extremely complicated. Because of that, according to Aric Dromi, it does not seem unlikely, that London might end up being a third world city in ten years or so, as it’s infrastructure is deadlocked. The megacities of today are just not agile enough to adapt to the requirements of future trends such as autonomous driving. Dromi locates the successful cities of the future in Africa and South America, as they do not have to retrofit and can start from a digital framework based on connectivity.
Some countries are starting to get there: Singapore, for example, is already taking proper advantage of the trends of tomorrow. They opened up government data sets for the whole world in order to help inventing solutions for the country. And Estonia is offering fully digital business services due to its e-residency program.
Furthermore, Future Thinkers Podcast asks Aric Dromi on his opinion on Artificial Intelligence and Virtual Reality. AI and VR offer new perspectives on reality and teach us more about ourselves, says Dromi. He suggests, teaching our children not only the dealing with these technologies, but also encouraging their curiosity.