Happy new year 2032
2031 has been the craziest of all years
Today could have been just another Thursday, but this being the first day of the year 2032, I had to write a few words regarding what has been going on during the last decade.
Just this morning I woke up with the news about the release of the first portable quantum computer. Not sure how usable this is going to be, but I’m sure it might be useful in some super remote tasks. For the rest of us, 6G is already connecting us with whatever Mind we choose with zero lag.
Minds… It was just 2021 when people first heard about the “metaverse”. We might not live entirely in it yet but being able to interconnect with people and apps so smoothly without any explicit device is still, really impressive. More than that, people are choosing more often than ever to only “live” in private subnetworks (aka Minds) to avoid being offered cheap ads and stupid products. I really only connect to the Internet when I need to actually work. That’s because the company runs on Workplace VR still, even though many people have gone as far as using one of these metafake accounts to avoid sharing their real identities.
Remote has been one of the most trending words since 2021. The whole economy has been converted from an old-school centralized model to a distributed remote one. Everything is remote first. From shops and offices to transport and events, nothing looks like what it used to be 10 years before.
The housing crisis of 2025 proved that the world was changing in an unprecedented manner. People “suddenly” realized that what they prefer is working from a beautiful peaceful island instead of getting cramped every morning in the London tube. What a surprise, right?
But 2025 was the year that made it happen. It was the year that a number of innovations came finally to fruition and people stopped dreaming and started moving around the globe. Why would you pay 800k to buy a tiny flat in Paris instead of a villa with an uninterrupted view of the Aegean?
If you ask me, a reliable air taxi service was the missing piece there. It’s quite frightening to get stuck in the middle of the ocean in case of an emergency, having to wait hours for the next ferry. The introduction of Uber Fly and others, democratized the last-mile flying, in an even more significant way than the same company had disrupted the traditional taxi market a few years before.
Did I say taxi? Do you even remember the human version of these? Well, of course you do. You still see some of them in some more traditional countries. Tesla firstly talked about these back in 2015 but who could believe that almost all countries will introduce autonomous vehicle laws along with the environmental ones in order not to avoid paying enormous fines…
Radical social changes still depend strongly on the surrounding environmental variables and we should expect the next decade to be more of the same. 3D printing is now mature enough to enable building on Mars and ultra-fine robot movements that have introduced us to some sci-fi scenes at a local stage will only get better. Let’s just hope that the growing tension between countries regarding the latest nanobiotechnology breakthroughs will be resolved before we end up with the first meta war of history.