Where’s Housing Headed? A Google City, Maybe

atwoodI noticed this article last week while I was reading Margaret Atwood’s latest book “The Heart Goes Last”.  If you want to read about a city of the future gone completely wrong you should try this book!  But, when you find articles like this, it makes you realize that perhaps it is not all fiction in the brain of an extremely talented writer.  Let’s hope when these new cities are developed that the future will not be as depressing as it is always depicted in the Hollywood movies.  Let’s hope that we, as people, learn to bring out the good in each other and not grab power as soon as it is available to us.  We can only hope!

 

By Suzanne De Vita

From AI and virtual reality to self-driving cars and solar mapping, Google’s reach extends well beyond the search engine—now, even in housing.

Alphabet hasn’t ruled out the possibility of developing a city “from the Internet up,” confirmed one of thefuture school Google parent company’s executives recently. “Technology,” the exec said, “ultimately cannot be stopped.”

Google is not the first to attempt to deliver the homes of the future. Epcot—the famed theme park at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla.—originated from an idea for a master-planned community, with Disney himself envisioning a wind tunnel metropolis that would inform the planning of future cities.

Alaska dabbled in future-focused development with Seward’s Success, a climate-controlled, glass-encased—and now-defunct—community, and Minnesota’s scrapped “MXC” project imagined a domed, eco-friendly ‘burg with waterless toilets.

While Google’s intentions remain to be seen, a city built by the company—the database of all databases—could resolve issues plaguing the housing market today, including affordability and low supply.

We have to wonder: Where else might we be living in the future?

future planetMars shows promise—NASA recently sent an inflatable “room” to the International Space Station, a “habitat prototype” that could be adaptable to life on Mars, and one company has proposed 3D-printing homes, buildings and roads with the Red Planet’s soil. At the breakneck rate technology progresses, these “futures” of housing may arrive sooner than we expect.

We can only hope!

Source: RISMedia’s Housecall

Reprinted with permission from RISMedia. ©2016. All rights reserved.

Remember it is always toasty in Naples and you deserve your piece of Naples sunshine and maybe a new home on Mars!

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