“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!