If you thought biometrics was the wave of the future in airport technology, wait until you hear what some futurists think it will look like 50 years from now.
Ryanair, the low-cost airline based in London, recently commissioned a study to see what travel will look like in the future, and the results are straight out of a sci-fi movie.
Of course, when people first told us that we could check email on our phones and see sports scores and whatever else, we were incredulous. So read with an open mind.
According to EuroNews, in 2070 we’re talking about passports based on your heartbeat. What could be more high-tech than that? This includes, among other things, actually choosing your destination long before you actually hit the road.
“Just as you try on clothes in a store today… customers will be able to explore and try on holiday destinations in the online metaverse before buying,” Professor Birgitte Andersen, CEO of the Big Innovation Centre, told EuroNews.
Trust us, folks. When you saw Tom Cruise virtually scrolling through a USA Today newspaper in the movie many years ago, not so far away.
“It will benefit those who have limited time or financial resources and need to make better, educated choices,” Andersen said.
And it’s not just about plane tickets. Hotels will also change.
“Think of the hotel itself as a single AI-meets-human organism that controls every aspect of your stay, tailored to your preferences,” says trend forecaster Shivvy Jervis. “A digital virtual room assistant (think Super-Alexa) will greet you and help you with anything from ordering a new towel to suggesting places to eat and making reservations for you.”
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