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New-York 2040

By 2040, the need to quickly make high volume, low cost accommodation in megacities will favour mega-buildings that will be up to 10km tall, acting as miniature cities in their own right, probably pyramid-style, with residential, business, shopping, social, cultural and recreational areas or layers. Transport pods will be able to navigate up the sides to entry points and then through the structure to destinations.

Spaceports will be up to 30km. Building materials will be dominated by carbon variants, so frames would be very lightweight with far more glass and less steel or concrete.

Almost all transport will be driverless by 2040 and even self-driving cars will be being replaced by driverless pods that will be propelled and routed by linear induction mats on the road surface and on the sides of buildings. These pods need no wheels or engines, nor any significant IT on board other than the cloud-based IT that is omnipresent.

Plastic or fibreglass, lightweight, nesting together touching or millimetres apart, these will provide extremely rapid travel from door to door as well as deliveries. There will be many more robots by 2040, doing a wider range of jobs, and still plenty of drones.

Robots will take many forms depending on function, but there will be many androids already by 2040 that will act as friends, assistant, servants and workers. These will take part in social and cultural activities along with people.

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Dominic N Knecht I definitely disagree with the 10 kilometer building part. 19 Apr 2019
El Barto Too soon? 13 Feb 2019
Henry G. Silvia Technology may make this possible, but legislature and red tape will make it impossible to enact. 06 Feb 2019
Matthew Tully I think that 2040 is to close for all this to happen... Maybe by 2060? 06 Feb 2019
Stefano D'Adamo Utterly implausible, unless technology is completely revolutionized (nanoforge-level at least), which doesn't seem likely. 06 Feb 2019
Ruben Rosochacki 2070 Vibes.... 06 Feb 2019
Codo Fleckins Rarely new technology changes the faces of cities rapidly, unless the technology in question is dirt cheap. Transportation will change undoubtedly, but buildings will take time. Theres also the time of development needed, which will not be met. 06 Feb 2019
Steven Mitchell Ian's prediction for mega-buildings may be valid for newer developing cities but is highly unlikely in New York City because of the municipal government and community boards' control of the skyline. Mega-buildings may well be constructed in Asian cities which are more open to newer designs and will have to accommodate more rapid population growth. 06 Feb 2019
DJ DRAGON How will the pollution problem be solved? If it isn't, then kilometer tall buildings cannot be possible. The top has to be built into the pollution. There will be acid rain ruining the buildings. It would be hard to breathe. Just some suggestions. 06 Feb 2019