Submission by: Adam Ahern, age 12 from Tineteriffe National School, Cappamore, County Limerick
I think the factories will have only a few people working in them and that most of the population will be working from home. The factories will be larger to fit the robots and there will be less of them. The factories even though they will have less people working there, they will still have to pay for the people whom the machines will replace. This will eliminate poverty. There may be only one person working per household. There will be less need to own two cars. There will be a greater emphasis on philosophy to keep us grounded in our health and wellbeing. Farming will have advanced in technology with robots doing a lot of the labor. They are already milking and feeding cows. Harvesters will work robotically and be controlled from home. This will lead to an increase in machinery and less manpower. There will always be an emphasis on organic farming and robotics can help. To be successful in our future we must offset technology with man being useful. Humans must still be useful, and it may take a hundred years to get the balance right. We will be working on land and sea, robotics can make some parts of fishing and farming easier, but man will still be needed. There will be no need to overcrowd the cities and people will be able to live in the countryside. They will be happier not to sit in traffic all day. All shopping will be on-line, and people will travel more freely visiting countries. Borders will not matter because they can work from home, they can live anywhere, who you are wont matter. There will be a job to be done and it will get done. We must realize now that it is ok to work from home. We do not need to be in a central location to get the job done. Robotics and technology are there to help us and they should be allowing us to save the environment by reducing the numbers of people travelling to work.
The factories will be robotic and there will be no need for humans, only to service them (like the Lego factory). They will be solar, and wind powered. There will be less offices and they will be in peoples homes.
All factories will be located together. They will be built environmentally friendly, solar and wind-powered. They will have grass roofs.
They will be mechanically operated with robotic arms assembling everything.
The manufactured product will be loaded directly into containers and transported by rail to the ports. There will be no need for lorries on the road.
There can be an online delivery service from the factory directly.
That would employ humans and there would be no need for warehouses elsewhere.
I believe there will be less stores and factories will be able to sell directly from their sites.
If what is being made is used to make something else, then that factory should be close or have a rail line near it.
There will be more trees planted around the factories. They will be away from the cities and have a rail transport to and from them. No car parking required.
that is my vision for the future,