Stay tuned for a partially printed city. A quarter of buildings in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, are set to be 3D-printed by 2030, in a move aimed at cutting construction and labor costs while also reducing waste and increasing speed.
Even though place branding is a relatively young industry, it’s attracted plenty of high profile clients. It’s also had plenty of ups and downs in its short history, with differing perceptions of the industry’s true value.
3D printing might soon be eclipsed by 4D printing, which not only creates complex structures within minutes but also reacts to environmental parameters. And its potential applications are endless, say experts.
Digital versions of people could soon be putting words in their mouths. Technology is making it possible to make fake, but convincing, movies of real people. Then the trick would be finding ways to tell the real people apart.
Online dating could be diversifying marriages by bringing people together who otherwise would have never met. And giving people access to a broader pool is leading to more interracial relationships, according to a recent study.
Living forever sounds like an expensive proposition. And if it becomes possible, it will likely be a case of the haves versus the have-nots. But the jury is still out on if it’s a good use of resources, and reflects the priorities of a diverse society.