Future Cities

What will London life look like in the years to come? Join us as we explore what’s next for the capital – from self-driving taxis and ten-storey-high swimming pools to insects on the menu

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Urban life is evolving at a head-spinningly rapid pace. We’re living in a time where artificial intelligence and virtual reality are beginning to shape the way we work, commute and spend our free time – and we’re also up against an urgent need to start adopting more sustainable practices. Thankfully, our city is filled with innovators, futurists and entrepreneurs who are up to the challenges of our rapidly changing world.

In this series, we’ll shine a light on these game-changing Londoners. We’re delving deeper into the future we know is coming, and investigating the developments that could shift the way we exist in the coming decades.

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London 2030: How AI is set to shape our city
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London 2030: How AI is set to shape our city

It’s the end of the decade. But this is no time to look back, the future is where it’s at. And just as the last ten years have seen massive changes in the way technology shapes our lives, so the next ten will be the same. In particular, artificial intelligence has the potential to dramatically change how we live in the city, from the way we travel to how we chill out.

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Meet the London-based start-ups shaping the future of food
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Meet the London-based start-ups shaping the future of food

Roasted crickets with your craft ale? The future of sustainably sourced fare is here.

How AI is helping to preserve culture in London
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How AI is helping to preserve culture in London

From classic movies to centuries-old artefacts, London’s museums and galleries have got crowd-pulling wonders in spades. But how do you go about keeping all that culture in tip-top condition for future generations? From fault-spotting drones to storytelling robots, here’s how AI is helping.

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How AI is making us smarter
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How AI is making us smarter

There were times, we confess, when all we wanted was a clever little robot to do our homework for us. Fast forward a few decades and the landscape of learning really is being shaped by the latest tech innovations and AI advancements. No, the machine will emphatically not do your homework (sorry, kid) but it will help maximise your brain’s potential for acquiring new knowledge and make you much more adept at the task. And that’s not all, new apps are also being developed to help patients recovering from a stroke undergo speech therapy and even train our latest generation of surgeons and dentists. Read on about four incredible apps and pieces of software using AI – all of which have London connections – to help make us smarter.

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Six places to experience virtual reality in London
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Six places to experience virtual reality in London

Immerse yourself in mind-bending mysteries, spooky escape rooms and multiplayer games at these VR spots across the capital.

How AI is keeping Londoners healthy
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How AI is keeping Londoners healthy

When it comes to healthcare, AI is going to play a huge role in the future. But, did you know that it is already having a major positive impact now?

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How AI is helping to reduce delays in London
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How AI is helping to reduce delays in London

Londoners move at a fast pace: but could AI help to make our future even more efficient?

Four ways that robots are improving the food and drink industry in London
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Four ways that robots are improving the food and drink industry in London

Ever been served a cocktail by a robot? Cutting-edge technology is well and truly part of the food and drink industry.

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Ingenious ways that London businesses are going plastic-free
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Ingenious ways that London businesses are going plastic-free

It's time we got serious about plastic. Here, we chat to three organisations making clever steps towards a plastic-free future.

Seven ways artificial intelligence could change London life by 2050
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Seven ways artificial intelligence could change London life by 2050

Self-driving cabs? Mind-reading menus? A robot David Bowie? Here’s what Time Out could be writing about in 30 years’ time.

Eight major developments that will change the face of London by 2025
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Eight major developments that will change the face of London by 2025

Ten-storey-high swimming pools, futuristic cycle bridges and the UK’s highest free viewing platform.

Here's how going cashless could change London
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Here's how going cashless could change London

What might a cashless London look like, and how could it affect different kinds of people?

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Here’s how we’ll be living in London in 30 years
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Here’s how we’ll be living in London in 30 years

Nifty solutions that could see us living in micro homes, 3D-printed abodes or above railway stations.

The tech innovations changing lives for disabled Londoners
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The tech innovations changing lives for disabled Londoners

Three projects that are making it easier for disabled Londoners to get around, go out, and fall in love with life in the capital.

Six places to experience virtual reality in London
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Six places to experience virtual reality in London

Mind-bending mysteries, spooky escape rooms and multiplayer games at these VR spots across the capital

Here’s how Londoners will be working out in 2019 and beyond
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Here’s how Londoners will be working out in 2019 and beyond

The future trends of fitness are on the horizon, and they’re sweatier than ever.