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Have you ever considered what the future of transport might look like? Will we be replacing ‘science fiction’ with ‘reality’? Envision traveling the universe at the speed of light in a shiny silver spaceship. You could book yourself into a 5 Star Space Hotel – as it gives the idea of ‘5 Star’ a totally new meaning. From Elon’s space travel endeavors to the Star Trek phenomena of teleportation, in this article, we will be taking our imaginations on a journey, exploring the many weird and wonderful concepts of future transport systems 2050 and beyond.

 Elon Musk and Space Travel 

Elon Musk certainly has a very depressing outlook for humanity, but there is a lot of data to back up his claims. Musk spoke at the SXSW 2018 conference and shook up the audience as he voiced his concerns for humanity’s dismal future. According to Musk, if we aren’t already doomed by climate change, then AI will screw us all over instead. So yes, Earth may be in ruins, but Elon’s solution is simple; quit this place, travel through space, and endeavor to inhabit Mars. To undertake such a mission, sophisticated space transport will need to be in place. Musk is a visionary and has helped advance the space industry significantly with the establishment of his company SpaceX. Musk is rapidly and cost-effectively developing space transport and the space industry, which means inhabiting Mars by 2050. Let’s just hope Elon has a sound transport management system in place to adequately set up a new human settlement on the big red planet.

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The Future of Flying Cars 

According to a study published in the International Journal of Vehicle Design, there will be a huge shift in transport technology in the coming years as a result of climate change and a lack of global resources, namely oil. The current state of our environment and our lack of sustainable modes of transport will need to radically shift by 2050 if we are to survive on this planet for much longer. Saying goodbye to the gas-guzzling cars dominating our roads, electric flying cars may just an option to make the world a better place. Mike Brown, from Inverse, writes “…there’s a sustainability case for innovation in flying cars: Studies by the European Parliament show commercial flight emissions could rise from two percent of all man-made carbon emissions in 2015 to 22 percent by 2050, a trend that could be reversed by electric flying machines”.

Teleportation is Already Possible 

Whenever someone mentions ‘teleportation’ the mind quickly jumps to Spock and his Star Trek crew going from A to Z in the blink of an eye. As funny as teleportation sounds, scientists are closer to making human teleportation possible than ever before. At the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), scientists have successfully “teleported” atoms at the speed of light. This development isn’t quite ‘human’ enough as of yet, but a technological advancement in this arena may make human teleportation a possibility by the year 2050.

Hopefully, in the future humanity doesn’t look back at the past wishing to disinvent half of the technology that was created. From teleportation, flying cars to visiting friends on Mars, the future is what we make it, let’s just pray we don’t destroy the Earth and ourselves in the meantime. It’s important to remain optimistic about our advancement as a species, after all, the adage goes, faith can move mountains, or in the case of 2050 perhaps asteroids.