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Intelligent Infrastructure Futures The Scenarios – Towards 2055

Author: Andrew Curry, Tony Hodgson, Rachel Kelnar, Alister Wilson
Organisation: Programme of the Office of Science and Technology
Publish Date: Jan 2006
Country: Global
Sector: Development
Method: Creative thinking
Theme: Infrastructure
Type: Report
Language: English
Tags: Infrastructure, Scenarios, Perpetual motion, Urban colonies, Tribal trading, Good intentions, Drivers for change

The Foresight Project on Intelligent Infrastructure Systems (IIS) set out to examine the challenges and opportunities for the UK in bringing ‘intelligence’ to its infrastructure – the physical networks that deliver such services as transport, telecommunications, water and energy. In particular, the project explored how, over the next 50 years, we can apply science and technology to the design and implementation of intelligent infrastructure for robust, sustainable and safe transport, and its alternatives. The technological opportunities and social factors are such that IIS can develop in many different ways. The direction will depend on the direction that society takes. The Foresight project investigated many alternative futures and identified 60 different ‘drivers for change’ (see Appendix). It is difficult to say how these drivers will change the future. However, to illustrate the possibilities, and guide its thinking and analysis, the project created four scenarios of how the future might look.
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