What will the world look like in the next 30 years? The exciting new documentary The World's Future Megaprojects seeks answers as it examines eight ambitious initiatives that may forever alter societies around the globe.
The film begins in Turkey, where more than $400 billion has recently been allocated for expansive infrastructure projects. These structures include a state-of-the-art airport that is certain to be one of the busiest in the world, a sleek financial center that will serve as Istanbul's version of Wall Street, vastly refurbished housing, an expansive natural gas pipeline, and the longest high rail system in Europe. Political insecurity may endanger the completion of some of these projects, but their potential can have positive ramifications for millions if given a chance to succeed.
Then there's the symbiotic relationship between NASA and innovative entrepreneur Elon Musk. Both are working to advance the cause of space exploration in our lifetime. Musk vows to launch a commuter vessel around the moon for paying travelers within the next year while NASA is currently undergoing training and development missions for a journey to Mars by 2040.
Lagos, the largest city on the continent of Africa, has long been steeped in corruption and limited opportunities for its people. But thanks to its new, forward-thinking government, the city is undergoing an impressive renaissance. The film details the efforts to transform Lagos into one of the planet's leading economic powerhouses through both practical and lofty infrastructure projects.
The World's Future Megaprojects also shines a spotlight on Zambia's commitment to clean, renewable energy, the construction of a highly advanced highway system in the densely populated country of India, a project aimed at inventing the necessary resources for interstellar travel, a futuristic sports stadium currently underway in Atlanta, Georgia, and China's "One Belt One Road" initiative, which promises to bring about the next evolution in transportation, energy and global trade.
Each of these projects harbor a hefty price tag, but government and private industry has joined to bring them into fruition. In our age of modern technology and inter-connectivity, we're only limited by our imagination. It's difficult to despair over the future of our species while watching these initiatives take shape.