Providing psychological comfort for the residents of the Cities of the Future

Summarizing the results of the first stage of the "City of the Future" crowdsourcing project

About the “City of the Future”

The City of the Future is a crowdsourcing project aimed both at describing how advanced cities on Earth will look like in 2035-2040 and at identifying and finding solutions to the most significant problems and challenges that the urban population will have to face.

The project has two main objectives:

1. To predict the main trends in the creation, planning, functioning and development of the Cities of the Future in order to provide valuable information to city authorities, construction, transport, tourism and other interested companies and organizations, as well as to all people who are interested in forecasting the future.

2. To find optimal solutions to tasks that will make the urban environment of the future more comfortable, safe, creative and friendly to people.

These objectives are solved with the help of intelligence, imagination, creativity and curiosity of volunteer experts of different professions and nationalities who have shown a personal interest in the project.

The operator of the project is the Universal crowdsourcing Agency OmniGrade, the sponsor is Coteccons construction company.

In this article, I present some findings related to ensuring the psychological comfort of residents of the City of the Future. We’ll focus on two aspects of this issue: prevention of burnout syndrome and organization of holidays and leisure activities in the City of the Future.

Problems and challenges: prevention of burnout syndrome in the City of the Future

Burnout syndrome caused by hard work and emotional stress and characterized by symptoms such as emotional exhaustion, depersonalization, etc., leads to a sharp deterioration in the quality of life of urban residents.

New problems and challenges, such as epidemics or climate change, significantly exacerbate this problem. We present a number of solutions that can be implemented in the City of the (including the near) Future.

1. Visual zones of psychological comfort

The movement of people around the city should be accompanied by updatable visual effects that relieve stress and create a good mood. These can be easily washed-off graffiti, illumination of pedestrian zones, displaying of a special photo or video sequence related to natural objects, art objects, etc on the walls of houses, special screens or on the sky.

2. Creation of distributed offices

Taking into account the fact that long trips to work create increased stress and provoke physical and psychological fatigue, and the creation of a proper workplace at home is often not feasible, the possible solution in the City of the Future may be the creation of many business centers located close to residential buildings, in which employees of different companies living in the area will simultaneously work.

Thus, the headquarters of a particular company will turn into a distributed office, where workplaces will be located in several dozen or even hundreds of such business centers. The City of the Future report #1 10 arrangement of such a business center should enable each of its users to have access to its infrastructure (for document processing, sports, meal, etc.) and at the same time ensure the confidentiality of their work in cases where it is necessary.

3. Public transport for relaxation

Taking into account the large amount of time people spend on public transport, maximum conditions should be created in it for relaxation or for doing important things on the way (which would allow people to spend more time relaxing at home). This may include massage chairs or special quiet carriages on public transport, as well as special infrastructure at stations that could provide opportunities for short-term physical exercise or meditation.

4. Ensuring the privacy of city residents

The modern city leaves few opportunities for people to "be with themselves". This leads to serious psychological problems, especially for introverts, and worsens burnout.

One possible solution may be to switch to mobile capsules and micro-apartments, where people could spend time alone with themselves at a convenient time. At the same time, technologies will be needed that will allow, for example, through augmented reality, to create the effect of the presence of friends and any other people nearby at those moments of time when conscious loneliness wants to be interrupted.

Holidays and weekends in the City of the Future

You can't feel happy without experiencing positive emotions. Holidays and weekends should be a particularly powerful source of positive emotions.

1. New format of real and virtual travel

Travel will remain an important form of leisure that develops the cognitive abilities of people and allows them to "recharge the batteries" through temporary changes of surroundings.

But the format of travel for residents of the Cities of the Future will change.

Firstly, the number of tourist destinations will multiply due to the emergence of new places with a developed tourist infrastructure or with new original attractions (invented, among other things, with the help of crowd intelligence).

Secondly, real travel will be combined with virtual and hybrid ones. Virtual travel will be a hobby of “homebodies”, and will be also used in cases when a person or family has little time to make a full trip or temporary restrictions are imposed (for example, due to epidemics or natural disasters).

Hybrid travel will mean that people will actually make part of the trip, and another part with the help of virtual and augmented reality technologies. Part of VR travel will be time travel when VR technologies will allow tourists to feel like they are in a new place in the past or in the future.

Augmented reality technologies will also help to create virtual guides at any time and in any place of travel and use their services as long as necessary, based on personal preferences, interest and degree of fatigue.

2. Planning of city holidays and entertainment, taking into account the individual preferences of its residents

The artificial intelligence system that manages the City of the Future will recognize and analyze the individual and collective preferences of its residents and select leisure options for them on rest days. This system will be able to plan actions at the level of an individual, apartment building, a city neighborhood or even the city as a whole in order to meet individual and group preferences, as well as the situation in the city itself.

3. The renewed role of museums in the leisure of residents of the City of the Future

Museums will become the most important place for recreation and leisure in the City of the Future. The number of museums will increase dramatically due to the appearance of new original private, family, corporate and municipal museums.

Actually, the creation of museums will become for many families or entrepreneurs either a form of hobby or a new business. Museums will become the most important element of the edutainment system, helping people to learn a lot of new things in a fun and comfortable way.

The exhibits of the museums will be equipped with an Internet of Things system. They will be able to interact with museum visitors and their gadgets. The museums will operate 24/7 due to the fact that there will be no need for the presence of human personnel - robots will cope with the organization of excursions and control over visitors. Thanks to this, there will be no crowds in museums.

The museums will provide sleeping places (possibly capsule type) for those who want to relax before, during or after their visit, as well as workplaces for those who want to process video or photo materials received during a visit to the museum or just work remotely.

By Mikhail Treyvish, Founder, Universal crowdsourcing agency OmniGrade

About the author

Mikhail Treyvish

Mikhail Treyvish

For over 20 years, Mikhail Treyvish has been a prominent figure in the international factoring industry, taking part in significant factoring projects in Russia, India, Vietnam and other countries. Since 2016, Mikhail has been a researcher and entrepreneur in the field of crowdsourcing and founded the Universal Crowdsourcing agency OmniGrade.

OmniGrade helps companies and organizations with ambitious and noble goals to create communities of supporters and volunteer experts and to find effective solutions to the most complicated business issues and challenges.

Since August 2021, Mikhail has also been involved in the “City of the Future” crowdsourcing project. It aims to describe what advanced cities on Earth will look like in 2035-2040, and identify and search for solutions to the most significant problems and challenges that urban populations will have to face.

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