Today is the day Marty Mc’Fly time traveled 30 years forwards to in ‘Back to the Future 2’. In recognition of that, equipment rental firm Hewden commissioned me to produce a report on what the world will look like in 2045, 30 years on from now. It considers construction technology as well as general changes in cities and buildings. The report is called 2045: Constructing the future and you can get a full copy from http://www.constructingthefuture.com. Here are a few of the highlights:
High use of super-strong carbon-based materials, including ultra-high buildings such as spaceports up to 30km tall. Superlight materials will even enable decorative floating structures.
Greatly increased safety thanks to AI, robotics and total monitoring via drones
Half human, half machine workers will be common as exoskeletons allow workers to wear sophisticated hydraulic equipment.
Upskilled construction workers will enjoy better safety, better job satisfaction and better pay.
Augmented reality will be useful in construction and to allow cheap buildings to have elaborate appearance.
Smart makes buildings cheap – with tiny sensors, augmented reality, energy harvesting coatings, less wiring and no windows, buildings can become very cheap at the same time as becoming better.