Cities will transform the future; they will become the economic and social powerhouses. Cities concentrate, information, people, places, and things, resulting in improved efficiency through proximity, time savings, waste reducing/elimination, and conservation of natural resources. The cities of the future will be green, clean, and lean. They will lack the problems of today’s cities, by virtue of smart design, and proper function. The characteristics of today’s cities, of congestion, pollution, crime, and poverty will be none existent, nothing like the Gotham city’s of today. The transformation has already begun toward greener and cleaner cities. A new paradigm is emerging, people are becoming eco-conscious. Those who cling to the antiquated paradigm will be left behind. The competative battle for resources to make profit and hoard wealth will be a thing of the past, and regarded as the mental illness of greed. The new paradigm will operate with cooperation instead of competition, once it reaches critical mass, ideas, concepts, and innovations will happen so fast, and change will be so rapid, that people will be saying “they had the cooperative advantage” not the “competitive advantage”. The cooperative paradigm will have a significant advantage over competition. This evolution and revolution will transform the world on a global scale. A global community of cities linked by high-speed broadband, roads, bridges, high-speed planes, ships, and trains. These cities will function efficiently, and look beautiful. They will be a hybrid of high tech. and low tech., and look like parks, green clean, safe, eco-friendly, and self-sufficient. The entire infastructure around the world would be automated as much as possible, machine labor, computer data anylsis, and management systems. With a multitude of things working together, a domino effect will happen. Large Corporations will shrink. Micro-factories will replace mega-factories as the need for mass production of low quality products will diminish. Green technologies and techniques will combine synergistically, and reduce the need for big governments, and big corporatons. Everything will be micro-managed, and macro-managed simultaneously. Systems will be integrated and embedded. The internet of everything, where everything produced will have a microchip tag, to be tracked and managed, everything will be life cycle managed for recycling, down-cycling, and re-purposing, which would eliminate garbage dumps and land fills. Products will be made to last with high quality intelligent designs, manufactured in small batches, on demand, and as needed, customized based on individual specifications, as well as taking into account the local conditions where the item will be operating. Intelligent design takes into account the products environment, selection of proper materials and customization of features, based on where the item will be used, the functions it must perform, and the capacities it will handle, as well as the life cycle management track assigned to it. The old way of blindly pumping out millions of low quality products and using marketing to create artificial need for things, and adding to the waste cycle will be a thing of the past. The demand for huge shipping ports around the world will diminish, with lower cargo shipping traffic, thus reducing the creation of huge landfills. Garbage landfills represent the failure of a broken society, they symbolize the mental illness of greed. The ruthless destruction of the environment must stop, the future of the human race is at risk.
People will meet in virtual places, to conduct business, and for social media as much as possible. In addition, for everything else that cannot be done digitally, people will meet at community centers, community gardens, recreation preserves, and farmers markets. Most manufacturing will be robotically automated, from food production, to clothing. Cities will have a network of pedestrian pathways, with a variety of transportation modes, such as walking, and biking, as well as a host of personal transport vehicles (PTVs), such as Segway’s, scooters and golf cart size vehicles. These cities will be the hubs of civilazation. The future is bright not bleak. People, machines, and nature will co-exist in cooperative harmony, by working smarter, not harder.