Our world in 2036 – futurists forecast our future

What will our future look like? Fifteen British futurists sat down together and considered what our world might look like in 2036. Everything from robotics to our eating habits is included.

For the NatWest Future Businesses Report, fifteen futurists and experts took a behind-the-scenes look at the world of tomorrow and made predictions about how our world will change in the coming years.

Some scenarios include that in the next 15 years we will be eating lunch in insect restaurants, using VR for our vacations, or a robot rental will be a permanent fixture on the downtown shopping street.

Custom tailoring in intelligent AI fashion boutiques is also among the scenarios. Thanks to individual scanners, say the futurists, expensive inventories will be a thing of the past and individual and personalized fabrications will shape tomorrow’s consumption.

This fascinating study was commissioned by the NatWest bank, which hopes to inspire the next generation of startups and SMEs with the help of the experts.


“The NatWest Future Business Report helps paint a picture of what changes we’ll see in the business world over the next 15 years.” – Dr. Ian Pearson, Futurist


All of the trends in the report have one thing in common. They continue to see the relevance of the high street, albeit in a changed form, and technologies will become more seamlessly integrated into our everyday lives than previously imaginable. From restaurants to stores!

Medicine and health were also part of the study. For example, smart toilets will analyze for deadly diseases and optimize people’s health monitoring, and wearable technologies for constant optimization will also become part of our everyday objects like the smartphone.


What I actually found most interesting is that the British futurists see an emerging business sector for robot rentals and repairs, and also predict a new work-life balance thanks to regular VR short vacations.

Whatever of the predictions end up becoming reality remains to be seen, but it’s a smart move by NatWest to inspire people for a possible future through such predictions.


Post images: NATWEST

Alexander Pinker
Alexander Pinkerhttps://www.medialist.info
Alexander Pinker is an innovation profiler, future strategist and media expert who helps companies understand the opportunities behind technologies such as artificial intelligence for the next five to ten years. He is the founder of the consulting firm "Alexander Pinker - Innovation Profiling", the innovation marketing agency "innovate! communication" and the news platform "Medialist Innovation". He is also the author of three books and a lecturer at the Technical University of Würzburg-Schweinfurt.

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