Towering skyscrapers large enough to house entire cities will be commonplace on urban skylines in 100 years time, by which time humans will also have set up shop underground, underwater and in outer space.
This is the vision of our future put forward by a team of academics and futurists for the Future Living Report, commissioned by the Samsung-owned Internet of Things company SmartThings. The reports paints a picture of what life will look like in 100 years time according to scientists, architects and urbanists as well as members of the public.
As well as stretching into sky with buildings that will "dwarf" the Shard in London, the report suggests that humans will also build downwards with "earthscrapers" that burrow up to 25 stories into the ground. We will also have conquered the oceans, living in "bubble-like" underwater cities where the surrounding water is harnessed to provide hydrogen for fuel.
Space will no longer appear as the dark, uninhabitable void it does today either, with humans using the moon as a stepping stone before colonising Mars and then taking the human race deeper into the Milky Way.
Meanwhile back on Earth, life will have become a rather blissful affair, the report suggests. Thanks to holograms and other innovations in the workplace, we'll all be working a three-day week, with all work presumably being done by AI anyway. Interior decorators will certainly be put out of work, with SmartThings predicting that "smart walls" formed of LED lights will adorn our homes in place of decorations, which will be able to change according to our mood.
Fine dining will also go from a lavish treat to an everyday affair thanks to "Michelin-starred meals" that can be downloaded and 3D-printed onto our plates "in minutes". It's not just meal prep that will require zero effort either: doctor visits will become a thing of the past thanks to "medi-pods" that will be able to diagnose and even treat our ailments.
Space Scientist Maggie Aderin-Pocock, who co-authored the report, said: "Our lives today are almost unrecognisable from those a century ago. The internet has revolutionised the way we communicate, learn and control our lives. Just 25 years ago, technology like SmartThings would have been inconceivable, yet today, developments like this let us monitor, control and secure our living spaces with the touch of a smartphone.
"Over the next century we will witness further seismic shifts in the way we live and interact with our surroundings – working on The SmartThings Future Living Report with a panel of industry experts, has allowed me to explore what these could be."