Covid is a company that is seeking to develop a technology that will enable people to be able to create their own personal ‘network’ of cities. It leverages data from demographic and socio-economic datasets, in order to ensure a better customer experience.
Covid’s CEO, Peter Connor believes that by 2020 there will be three or four high-end full service cities in the US and Europe with everything from education to healthcare being available through Covid’s network.
Anony Max has some more information about future of cities after covid.
In the future, not only may products and services become more personalized, but our homes might very well morph into portals for these destinations too.
Covid is currently developing cities in New York City, San Francisco, Washington D.C., and other locations (including the UK).
They are working on connecting to information API’s, building apps to provide real-time transportation information to the users of Covid’s cities, and making it easier for people to access local restaurants.
Here are points about the future of cities after Covid–
1. The concept of cities will change.
Cities will be able to operate themselves more efficiently.
Through the increase in the ease of transportation and access to information, people will be able to create their own personal network of cities, rather than just relying on the city they are in.
2. Cities will become connected.
Cities across the globe are connected by technology today, but imagine if these connections were not limited geographically.
Covid is working on ways to make these connections more efficient, by making it possible for people to walk from one city to another via an app or browser tab.
This would go against the idea of cities today, however it could enable people to live in more than one city, working in each.
The amount of human capital available in each city would thus increase, creating a more efficient workforce.
3. People will potentially create their own cities.
As Covid develops, it can create new opportunities for people to easily start their own businesses and earn money from them.
Imagine a future where you can own a new location across the world and sell it to customers via Covid’s personal network of cities.
4. People will be able to live in multiple cities concurrently.
If the development of the technology is successful, people may very well be able to live in multiple cities at once.
The amount of human capital available across these locations would increase over time, creating more jobs, and therefore more money available to the people living in them.
This would allow people one day to live anywhere around the world, while having access to all of the products and services needed for them to stay happy and functioning optimally. This concept could potentially transform entire industries too, such as healthcare or education.
5. Personalized service providers will become less important than they are today.
Cities will be able to produce their own goods and services, make local improvements to their neighborhoods, and provide people with the tools and information they need to live a happy and healthy life.
These same cities may also alter the way we think about service providers such as doctors or dentists.
6. The concept of ‘city’ may be redefined.
The use of the word ‘city’ has changed over time, with different meanings attached to it in present day language. For example:
- A city is an area where people live and work.
- A city is a group of people who live together in one place
- It can be a place where artistic inspiration and creativity is found.
- City is something that has a very large population or an important social or business center.
- A city can also mean a large and important town.
7. Concept of ‘city’ can be expanded.
The word ‘city’ has become a bit too big to define in the 21st century. Therefore, the future will allow cities to expand their borders, creating many different types of cities with different features, styles, and sizes across the world.
8. The concept of ‘city’ can be personalized.
Cities will start being able to determine what they want to be according to their own unique needs and wants.
For example, companies or even individuals could start creating different types or versions of cities that are relevant for them.
This could have multiple benefits. For example, someone who has a lot of money may be able to own a very large and prestigious brand new city, while someone who is poor may only be able to afford to modify and live in an old and cheap city.
9.Concept of ‘city’ can be mobile.
Imagine if someone could buy a city that they could take with them to any location around the world?
Imagine if we were able to take our own personal cities with us as we moved from one country to the next as refugees?
The future will allow for creative ways to expand upon the idea of cities as people try and find ways for them to fit within multiple different contexts.