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What the Earth will look like in 2050, according to experts and people who live here

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2050 is only about 30 years from now, which means it’s close enough that we can imagine it happening, but far enough away that we can’t confidently say what it will look like. Maybe that’s why 2050 is the year Kaspersky Lab chose to envision for its new futuristic, interactive map. The map, called Earth 2050, imagines our world three decades from now, Wired reports.

The project allows users to explore how different cities around the world might look in 2050, 2040, and 2030. It’s like Google Street View, except the streets are all a little shiner looking. Each city and experience is equipped with predictions from experts at Kaspersky, futurologists, and random site visitors. Predictions range from the believable (humans will live in buildings stocked with amenities so they’ll never need to leave their homes) to the strange (toilets will analyze our poop) to the ambitious (students will be able to choose what time they go to school, thanks to pop-up hologram teachers).


As Wired points out, while cities like Barcelona and Shanghai are sleek and glittery and futuristic, while other cities like Dhaka, nicknamed “Global Warming: Titanic City,” are entirely underwater due to rising sea levels.

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Because the real Earth is huge, Earth 2020 is an ongoing project. Anyone can submit a 360-degree illustration of a city to be included, which will need to be approved by Kaspersky.