By 2050, a municipal project to clean debris from the Tiete and Pinheiros rivers is nearing completion. Canals now line the central streets, turning São Paulo’s once congested roads into places for walking and cycling, and canal-borne water taxis have become popular with São Paulo residents and tourists alike.
Most parcels are delivered by solar-powered quadcopters, thus saving energy. Mid-air collisions are avoided through the use of a single AI-based system controlling all of the drones.
The cityscape is being transformed by giant skyscrapers built using composite materials, replacing the once swarming low-rise buildings. Meanwhile, the notorious favelas — poor and criminal districts — have all but disappeared. The majority of people work remotely from office apartments with bird’s-eye views over the metropolis.