What is future technology in 2050

This is how people imagine the world in 2050

How will we live in 2050? Are we then laughing at the corona pandemic or are we facing further crises? In our new series “This is what the world will look like in 2050” we talk to scientists and other experts about exciting future scenarios.

How will we live in 2050? We asked people about it.

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2020 is such a year in which many of us wish for a distant future. What happens once this crisis is over? Will everything go back to the way it was before or even better? How will we live in 30 years? We asked experts from science, business and society how they envision the year 2050. In our new series "This is what the world will look like in 2050 " we will tell you their answers.

How will we live after the corona crisis?

The engineer is the prelude Erik Marquardt, research associate in the VDI Society for Measurement and Automation Technology. Marquardt is also a member of the VDI Technical Committee “Additive Manufacturing”.

Erik Marquardt is an engineer and research associate at the Association of German Engineers.

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ingenieur.de: Happy New Year! New Year's Eve is over, 2049 was yesterday. The year is now 2050. Tell us what the world looks like today.

Erik Marquardt: In the year 2050 the world will be more responsible, more sustainable, more individual and more networked. Networking applies not only to vacation travel, trade and data lines, but also to nutrition, health and the climate. By then, almost 10 billion people on earth had (hopefully!) Recognized that the actions of every group, indeed every single one, have an impact on the living conditions of everyone.

Cars are ...

... part of an interlocking mobility system with bicycles, small electric vehicles and local and long-distance public transport. With self-driving cars, Car-Sharing and Mobility-As-A-Service concepts can be marketed convincingly: A completely self-driving car - similar to a taxi - does not need a parking space at the airport or train station.

Living in my city in the year 2050 ...

... due to the proximity to the metropolitan areas, 20-30% more people than today. The designated building land has been largely used for a long time. The resistance to designating remaining green and agricultural areas as building land is growing due to the recreational function for the population and the importance of these areas for the (micro) climate in the city. New living space is created primarily through “redensification”. When old buildings are demolished and new buildings are built with more living space, the size of the existing green areas is retained through roof planting, etc.

It's a big problem this year that ...

... the budgets for school education as a whole and for general education in mathematics, science and technology in particular have been too small in the past few decades. As a result, there is not only a shortage of skilled workers and in the academic field. Data for assessing climate change or fighting pandemics are based on scientific knowledge. A good general education among the population helps to evaluate these facts and to derive suitable measures that are accepted by society as a whole.

Now mankind finally knows that on Mars ...

... no one wants or can live permanently. Despite all the problems, the earth is still the best place for human life. Accordingly, all efforts must be made to preserve this habitat.

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Google is now ...

If it still plays a role in 2050, Google will not only be a software house, but also a provider of goods and services. Google doesn't just know when the pizzeria at the resort is open. It also offers me to reserve a table there and suggests how I can get there quickly, comfortably and environmentally friendly with my holiday luggage.

If I want to buy something, I need ...

... the supermarket around the corner and the farm shop in the neighboring village. When it comes to spare parts for the bike or the technology in the house, I can do a 3-D scan of the component I am looking for with my smartphone and enter this 3-D scan as a “search term” on the Internet. I don't have to research a type designation or the name of the manufacturer. If I'm lucky, I can still get hold of an original spare part. Perhaps suitable alternative products will also be shown to me. If that doesn't help either, I am offered certified offers from 3-D print service providers. The parts from additive manufacturing not only look like what is to be replaced. Since the part was recognized as such via the search function, the intended use is also known and only offers are displayed that have all quality features including the required mechanical properties.

My workplace is ...

Workplace? I hope that in 2050, with an age of over 80, my main focus will be on the private sector!

Corona: is the workplace at risk?

When I look back on 2020, then ...

... the corona pandemic was the trigger that led to the recognition in more and more countries that the nutrition and health of citizens are global challenges that cannot be satisfactorily resolved on a national level alone.

Thank you for the interview!

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  • Peter Seven

    Peter Sieben is content manager and responsible editor for ingenieur.de. After an internship at the Funke media group, he worked as an editor and reporter in various departments. He writes about technology, research and career topics.

  • Sarah Janczura

    Sarah Janczura is content manager and responsible editor for ingenieur.de. After an internship with a focus on social media, she worked as an online editor in a digital agency. She writes about technology, research and career topics.