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The Great American Eclipse

Thanks to his affordable, mass produced cars, Henry Ford freed the common people from their geography. What would he make of the Internet -- freeing us all from the matrix of physicality?

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The Great American Eclipse
The Great American Eclipse

So this week, the Great American Eclipse, a total solar eclipse visible across the entire contiguous US transiting from coast to coast (Pacific to Atlantic) occurred. The last time this happened was in the summer of 1918, when President of the US was Democrat Woodrow Wilson, regarded by historians as one of the nation’s greatest and an academic and advocate of democracy and world peace.

 

Both eclipses frame hundreds of transformational stories such as the growth of cities, mass migration and the proliferation of the automobile.

 

They say Henry Ford, thanks to his affordable, mass-produced cars, freed the common people from their geography. What would he make of the Internet -- freeing us all from the matrix of physicality?

 

This seems pertinent, as this week, in one of our highlighted news stories, the LA Auto Show and AutoMobility have announced that they are inviting entrants to develop a transport/mobility concept for the city in 2060.

Leaving aside Sir Isaac Newton’s prediction for the end of the world in 2060, what will our world look like then?

 

Autonomous vehicles, EVs, autonomous personalised drones, flying taxis, Hyperloops are being tipped as part of the offering. And what of our habits? Commuting to work, so last century? Will we really reside in multi-purpose intelligent buildings, seeped in augmented reality? Will we actually need to leave our habitats very much at all?

 

It’s engrossing stuff looking at predictions for the future (www.quantumrun.com/future-timeline/2060), and I for one look forward to seeing just what the LA transport entries for 2060 will look like.

 

Melony Rocque

Executive editor

 

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