How Technology Is Going To Shape Our Futures

Self-driving cars, the internet of the home and the sharing economy: we talk to the experts about tomorrow's world

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No one can predict the future, but some are better equipped than others.

We spoke with four of the world's leading experts to get their thoughts on how technology is going to shape our world in the years and decades to come.

New importance of car design and technology

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Sam Livingstone, Director of Car Design Research, operation committee member of Project IONIQ Lab

"I think the interesting thing about the future driving experience is whether or not someone will actually be driving the car. The opportunity to engage in different social activities that you wouldn't normally consider doing in a car whilst driving is perhaps the biggest macro change that we can see."

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The fourth industrial revolution: AI and robotics

Mike Aldred, head of robotics and cordless electronics at Dyson

"Robotics is one of those fields where expectations are really high but the reality is somewhat behind that. It's really about taking what's available today and how can we maximize its potential.

"What you want from AI and the connected home is for it to start understanding what you want and then changing its behavior to actually react to you and your needs, so that it makes your life easier."

How hyper-connectivity and the sharing economy will shape our lives

Anthony Townsend, forecaster and urban planner specializing in the impact of technology on cities

"Hyper-connectivity and sharing economy is going to allow people to have access to things that they couldn't otherwise find or afford. They also help us use our resources. And that's good for the environment. You know, a shared car takes 20 cars off the road. Because of most cars are used only 5% of the time.

"Cities have always thrived on sharing ever since the beginning of time. Cities that share better grow faster and thrive are safer and happier. How sharing and the sharing economy plays out in cities in every country will be different because of their history and their aspirations for the future. The one thing that's common is that technology will provide a lot more options."

How cities will source their energy

Laurie Winkless, Author of Science and the City and former researcher at the UK National Physical Laboratory

"There's a huge shift away from fossil fuels now. In many cities and in many countries it's actually cheaper to produce electricity via renewable means than it is via fossil fuels. So we're already at this point at which it now makes not just environmental sense but it makes financial sense.

"You know in some cities you have to have a car to get around so it doesn't look like we're going to get rid of cars any time soon so lots and lots of car manufactures are trying to find ways to make the car as it is today more efficient.

We're starting to see a huge trend in hybrid cars and electric vehicles where we're starting to make the petrol or diesel engine less important."

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