Cities That Are Living in the Year 3020
Many cities are leading the pack when it comes to futuristic designs and concepts. For instance, in Quebec, the crosswalks spring up out of the streets. Another destination illuminates drones instead of using fireworks to light up the sky with colorful displays.
The future is already here. Is your city ahead of the game or falling sadly behind? Here are some of the best cities living in the year 3020.
Pop Up Crosswalks | Montreal, Canada
Pedestrians always have the right of way, but sometimes, that rule isn’t followed. Crosswalks are dangerous if drivers don't stop while pedestrians cross the street. It's an ongoing safety issue, but Montreal has been testing out new public crosswalks to encourage drivers to slow down.
Concerts Without Physical Performers | Everywhere
Hologram concert tours are a real thing. In 2012, a hologram of Tupac Shakur made its controversial debut at Coachella. That was just the beginning. Thanks to Base Hologram from Santa Monica, California, famous performers who have passed away are coming back and hitting the road.
Circuses with “Unreal” Animals | Several Cities in Germany
Circus Roncalli, a German circus, was founded in 1976. Like most circuses, the company was known for its animal performances, but many people have criticized these businesses for animal cruelty. In response, some cities have banned animal circuses, and entertainment companies have started phasing out animal performances. However, Circus Roncalli's animal acts are literally "unreal."
Fireworks Were So 2020 | Shanghai, China
Some people complained that Shanghai's New Year’s drone display was fake, while others found it very impressive. Thousands of drones illuminated Shanghai's night sky, synchronizing to take the form of 3-D figures. For instance, an animated man running and the year 2020 lit up the night sky at different points.
Remote-Controlled Trucks | San Francisco, California
Starsky Robotics sounds like something straight out of a Marvel movie, but it's a real company with headquarters in San Francisco. In June 2019, the company probably shocked a few drivers on Florida's Turnpike when it tested one of its trucks on the highway.
Underwater Hotel | Dubai, United Arab Emirates
When it comes to futuristic designs, Dubai is known for being ahead of the rest of the world. It's easy to see with the city’s fancy hotels, 24-carat gold ATMs and the highest tennis court in the world. Another extraordinary attraction is Dubai's fully underwater hotel, Atlantis, The Palm.
Furniture with Secrets | Kirchlengern, Germany
Kirchlengern is home to Hettich, one of the world's most innovative creators of furniture. Each piece of furniture slides and opens in unexpected ways. Hettich's technology makes beautiful and intelligent products for every room in your home, from the kitchen to the bathroom.
Using Traffic to Produce Energy | Istanbul, Turkey
Vehicles are powerful — so powerful, you can even feel a gust of wind when they drive past sometimes. One innovative company thought we should take advantage of the force that wind produces. Guess what? It turned out to be a good idea.
Singapore's Garden | Singapore
Gardens are often beautiful and impressive, but Singapore has a particularly stunning version that will make your jaw drop. As one of the most innovative cities in the world, Singapore has many remarkable features, including Gardens by the Bay, where nature and technology collide.
Delivery via Drone | Reykjavik, Iceland
Many consumers get packages delivered by another human, but in Reykjavik, Iceland, fully automated drones handle some of the deliveries. It's one of the few places on Earth where drones drop off packages. Delivery via a drone is big business.
The Spaceship | Cupertino, California
Cupertino, California is home to the Apple Campus 2, a.k.a. The Spaceship. Apple is famous for its series of personal computers, iPhones and iPods. Steve Jobs, the company's co-founder, helped create the "out of this world" campus.
The World's Most Heavily Surveilled | Chongqing, China
Some people argue that privacy is dead, especially in Chongqing where residents experience less privacy than any other city in the world. Why? The city is covered in a whopping array of 2.58 million surveillance cameras. That is equal to one camera for every six people.
Robot Restaurant | Tokyo, Japan
As one of the most technologically advanced countries in the world, Japan is also known for its quirky inventions and ideas. Travelers often talk about the country's use of robots in malls, hotels and many other public spaces.
Skygarden | Seoul, South Korea
Many amazing things come from South Korea, such as the four-time Oscar-winning film Parasite. Another crowning achievement of the country is Seoul's Skygarden, which features an elevated park over the city's traffic. More than 24,000 plants call this green wonderland home.
Spaceport | Truth or Consequences, New Mexico
Airports are common locations for flight takeoffs, but have you ever heard of a spaceport for space exploration? Spaceports aren't just designs or ideas anymore — they exist in real life. One is located in Sierra County, New Mexico, but it has had very little action so far.
Tianjin Binhai Library | Tianjin, China
The Tianjin Binhai Library is a book lover's dream come true. Designed by architectural firm MVRDV, the futuristic library is six stories high. It didn't take long for the structure to go viral. Visitors were mesmerized by the white floor-to-ceiling bookshelves and glowing spherical atrium.
Solar-Powered Water | Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Since 2008, Dubai has been crowned the city with the tallest building in the world. At 2,717 feet, the Burj Khalifa is classified as megatall. The world-record-breaking skyscraper also has the highest number of stories in the world and the highest outdoor observation deck in the world.
Underwater Music | Berlin, Germany
Spas usually play soft music or sounds of nature to help their customers relax. Liquidrom tried something new, creating a futuristic techno spa with a combination of trippy lights and techno beats that sound like the opposite of soothing. However, this business found a way to make it work.
Sensors to Track Living Conditions | Chicago, Illinois
When it comes to tracking air quality and traffic data, Chicago is leading the pack. The city's Array of Things project uses sensors to record air quality and traffic conditions on each block. Many intersection traffic poles are equipped with these sensors.
The Fastest Train in the World | Shanghai, China
The world’s fastest train wasn't created in 2020; it was made in 2004. Hitting 267 mph, the Shanghai Maglev has been ahead of the game for years already. It's not shiny or new, but there's no doubt that this machine is impressive.
Drive-Up Groceries | Seattle, Washington
In the past, people traditionally spent a lot of time inside grocery stores to get all their necessary items. Today, grocery store trips aren't the same as they used to be. There are so many different ways to shop, including AmazonFresh Pickup, a new grocery store pick up service.
A Radical Recycling Program | Oslo, Norway
If you believe you’re an extreme recycler, think again. Residents in Norway's capital city lead the way when it comes to plastic recycling. The city of Oslo is home to an inspiring company called Infinitum, which manages the country's radical recycling program.
Pay Fare in Squats | Moscow, Russia
Can you imagine exercising in exchange for a train ticket? In 2013, commuters at the Moscow subway station got the chance to pay their fares in squats. The station installed a machine with a sensor that tracked anyone performing squats.
The Robocop | Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Meet Dubai’s most unusual police officer: the Robocop. The robot has a human-like face, but its eyes are actually two cameras. Patrolling the city, this bot lets pedestrians report crime and pay traffic tickets using the touchscreen on its chest.
Alien Bases | Brøndby Garden City, Denmark
One Denmark community lives in a surreal circle garden. From the ground view, the community almost resembles a normal neighborhood. But from an aerial view, the garden city looks like an alien base of positioned housing circles.
Glow-in-the-Dark Paths | Lidzbark Warminski, Poland
Sometimes, walking or biking around at night can be challenging because it's hard to see the lanes. One solution is to bring your flashlight to navigate the paths or streets, but one city wanted to make life easier for its citizens by installing a solar-powered, glow-in-the-dark bike lane.
2-D Cafes | Tokyo, Japan
Tokyo brings the comic book world to life at the 2D cafe Shin-Okubo. This artsy restaurant is definitely insta-worthy. If you only saw a picture of the inside, you would believe it's just an illustration (until a real human pops up).
Bee Stops | Utrecht, Netherlands
You’ve heard of bus stops, but have you ever heard of bee stops? Sounds fake, right? In the Netherlands, bee stops actually exist. The county is home to more than 358 bee species, and unfortunately, these animals are endangered.
“Interstellar” Restaurant | Mexico City, Mexico
One pop-up restaurant in Mexico City's Citibanamex is like something straight out of a sci-fi movie. That's because it’s based on Christopher Nolan's film Interstellar. The themed restaurant is a space lover's dream. Covered in 250,000 LED lights, the surreal atmosphere takes customers to a whole new world while they dine.
Hospital Built in 10 Days | Wuhan, China
In December 2019, a new coronavirus, COVID-19, was detected in Wuhan City, China. According to the CDC, many reports initially stated that the source of the outbreak was a seafood and live animal market, indicating animal-to-person spread. However, later reports suggested a person-to-person spread.