Study reveals how the way we live will change in the next 100 years

Super-skyscrapers which will dwarf the Shard, under water bubble cities and origami furniture are all likely to be reality in 100 years’ time.

That’s the verdict of a new study which paints a vivid picture of our future lives; suggesting the way we live, work and play will change beyond all recognition over the course of the next century.

The SmartThings Future Living Report was authored by a team of leading academics including TV presenter and one of the UK’s leading space scientists, Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock, award-winning futurist architects and lecturers at the University of Westminster Arthur Mamou-Mani and Toby Burgess, as well as pioneering urbanists Linda Aitken and Els Leclerq.

James Monighan, UK MD of Samsung SmartThings, which commissioned the report, says:

“The smart home revolution will have massively positive implications on how we live.  Our homes are becoming smarter and can now detect the presence of things like people, pets, smoke, humidity, lighting, and moisture. And this is just the beginning.

“Just as the technology driving the Internet has spread to smartphones and smart homes, the smart home revolution is destined to spread to larger communities and countries.”

Using the predictions of 2,000 British adults surveyed, the top ten predictions for future living are:

  1. Virtual work meetings – the ability to work from anywhere and attend meetings remotely via avatars/holograms 48%
  2. Commercial flights into space 41%
  3. Virtual interior decoration so that you can program your own surroundings/ LED walls that adapt your surroundings to your mood 26%
  4. 3D printed houses/furniture/food – meaning you can download and print these things at home 25%
  5. At-home scanning capsules/pods that can diagnose health problems and administer medicines/treatments 24%
  6. Colonising other planets as we use up resources on Earth 19%
  7. AI becoming a normal part of daily life – taking over from humans in many industries 18%
  8. Giant skyscrapers that can house entire cities: the construction of which is allowed for by the development of new super strong materials 18%
  9. At-home hydroponic farms (that don’t require soil) where you can grow your own food 17%
  10. Earth-scrapers – buildings that are built down into the ground, so entire cities are subterranean due to space constraints and also to provide further shelter 16%

The full SmartThings Future Living Report is available to read and download at