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“Tak­ing mat­ters into your own hands and cre­at­ing things you need will be plenty pos­si­ble a decade from now,” says Merle. “Amaz­ing de­sign ap­pli­ca­tions and 3D print­ers will mean that you will be able to cus­tomise prod­ucts and print out func­tional items at home.”

Per­haps you’ll make toys, decor pieces or jew­ellery for your­self and your friends, she sug­gests. Or you might be­come an en­tre­pre­neur, sourc­ing lo­cal com­po­nents and pay­ing roy­alty fees to download pat­terns. Ei­ther way, imag­ine watch­ing an ob­ject be­ing built up in lay­ers un­til you can hold it in your hands.

Another area where we will be us­ing in­cred­i­ble tech­nol­ogy to be­come more in­de­pen­dent: food.

“Agri­cul­ture is the largest con­sumer of wa­ter, which is al­ready scarce, and with the rise in the world’s pop­u­la­tion, we’ll need new ways to ac­cess nat­u­ral re­sources,” says Merle. “One ex­am­ple of this: the elec­tron­ics gi­ant Philips is de­vel­op­ing LED food units that will al­low city-dwellers to pro­duce food crops at home, plus these will re­quire re­duced wa­ter and en­ergy.”

“We are headed to­wards a world of ‘per­fect knowl­edge’, with the po­ten­tial for more than 8 bil­lion hy­per-con­nected peo­ple. This will ex­ceed 100 bil­lion con­nected de­vices, each with a dozen or more sen­sors col­lect­ing data. And that will mean that you’ll be able to ac­cess any in­for­ma­tion you want, at any time and wher­ever you wish. You’ll be able to con­trol your home (and ev­ery­thing in it), your car and your gad­gets all from your smart­phone, which will be more fo­cused on what it can do and how many apps it can run, as op­posed to its qual­ity of calls,” says Dion.

“Driver­less or au­ton­o­mous cars are in pro­duc­tion, and they will be the norm by 2025. This will dis­rupt all car-re­lated in­dus­tries, such as in­sur­ance and fi­nance, and many jobs will be per­formed by ro­bots,” says Dion. There will also be a big­ger move to au­to­mated ca­reers in the ar­eas of jour­nal­ism, fi­nance, law and medicine. “In fact, we can al­ready see early tech­no­log­i­cal ad­vances through aug­mented re­al­ity (AR),” he says. AR uses your ex­ist­ing en­vi­ron­ment and over­lays new in­for­ma­tion on top of it. “Think of Ap­ple’s Siri who acts as a per­sonal as­sis­tant, or the Poké­mon Go app, where you catch vir­tual char­ac­ters in the pub­lic space.”

4Clothes will do more than sim­ply be pretty

In­stead of just act­ing as aes­thetic cov­er­ings, clothes will serve a greater pur­pose. “For ex­am­ple, you may at­tach your phone or ipod to a piece of cloth­ing while you ex­er­cise, us­ing the en­ergy of your move­ments to charge it,” says Merle. Or, how about tak­ing the idea of dress­ing ac­cord­ing to your mood and en­vi­ron­ment to ex­tremes, with clothes that change colour in re­sponse to your emo­tions and the tem­per­a­ture: blue for when you feel cold or reds that scream, “Go away!”

And these amaz­ing sci-fi-sound­ing sce­nar­ios are al­ready in the works. “At Lon­don’s Wear­able Tech­nol­ogy Show last year, the Turk­ish la­bel Ezra+tuba show­cased a dress in­ter­wo­ven with metal­lic fi­bres, dec­o­rated with 3D but­ter­flies, and fit­ted with a prox­im­ity sen­sor that meant that the but­ter­flies moved and flut­tered when peo­ple got closer. “Your clothes are go­ing to go to the next level; you can ex­press your­self in won­der­ful, new ways,” says Merle.

Italians are un­der­stated, so we like basics in black, white and beige. If we go for colour, it’s nor­mally a knock­out red or a print. And we love flo­rals in sum­mer – be in­spired by the won­der­ful prints de­signed by Dolce & Gabbana!

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