The most awe-inspiring and majestic of sights on our planet, the New 7 Wonders of the World work their way onto almost every avid traveller’s bucket list of things to see within their lifetimes.
From the age-old, secret city of Petra to the mighty marble palace of the Taj Mahal, travellers from far and wide visit to feast their eyes on these magnificent marvels that have stood the test of time to tell the tale of history and our once-thriving ancient civilisations.
These masterpieces were preceded by equally breathtaking spectacles which made their mark in the history books and earned themselves the title of a ‘wonder’. Once the Hanging Gardens of Babylon and the Lighthouse of Alexandria were among these glorious sights, but as a result of war, erosion, and natural disasters, they now cease to exist.
So, as time goes on, it begs to question: what will become of the 7 Wonders of the World that we know and love today? Whether in 100, 300, or even 1000 years, as time takes its toll and history continues to write itself, we may see the rise of new wonders and the fall of current ones.
But, what can we expect these 7 Wonders to really look like? We decided to take matters into our own hands and utilised AI to fill in the gaps, asking it what it expects the 7 Wonders of the World to be by the year 2300, in nearly 300 years time.
And let’s just say the results were interesting. From a city built at the bottom of the ocean to a literal elevator into space, here’s what we could expect to be some of the most admired of Earth’s sights in the future.
Wonder #1: A Floating City
A verdant greenspace drifting in the ocean, this floating city merges the outdoor with the indoor, with minimal walls to keep its inhabitants apart from the outside world.
The city features bountiful shrubbery on its multi-layered, dome structures, which form their own distinct islets that are interconnected with winding walkways, where residents can meander along to soak in the ocean views.
With shared similarities to that of a biodome, the glass tops of each main section of the city look to house their own flora, which could perhaps be species of special interest or those that are rare and protected in 2300.
Its interior images showcase no windows and glass balconies so that the city’s inhabitants are always at one with the pristine outdoor environment. The living room boasts a modern and minimalist vibe with what can be likened to modern-day contemporary design.
Are We There Yet?
It seems that floating cities are already in production in some parts of the world, with the Maldives having confirmed the state of construction for their own floating city in the middle of the Indian Ocean, set to contain 5,000 floating homes in total. So, it seems it will be possible in our lifetimes to see what one of these floating cities might actually look like.
Wonder #2: A Hyperloop Transport System
What can only be likened to a long-distance subway system, this hyperloop transport will propel passengers across great distances, with the AI-generated image even showing the system cutting through a vast expanse of desert to connect divided destinations.
Transporting its passengers across what may be thousands of miles in a matter of hours, there’s much potential to what this system might be capable of as it opens up a world of opportunity for passengers keen to explore our planet’s vast landscapes. Undoubtedly, this may be why it has been recognised as AI to be one of the future Wonders of the World.
With a cylindrical shape that is fixed and cuts into the landscape for what could be hundreds of thousands of miles in distance, its passengers onboard are pictured in a tube system with large glass windows and outward-facing seats, for a constant view of the outside world flying past in what could be sheer seconds.
Are We There Yet?
Shanghai, China currently holds the record for having the world’s longest metro network, which stretches 803 kilometres (or 499 miles). Whilst its passengers may be impressed with the sheer length of this transport system now, imagine the possibilities that a hyperloop transport system in just under 300 years could open up!
Wonder #3: A Space Elevator
Commercial space travel is only just beginning to advance, but by 2300, AI expects that our ability to travel beyond our own atmosphere will be possible at just the press of a button.
Imagining one of the 7 Wonders to be a ‘space elevator’, this lofty, cylindrical structure is pictured extending way beyond our planet’s outermost atmosphere, opening a ‘window’ to space and what lies beyond the comforts of our own world.
Shielding the elevator itself within the structure’s core, passengers are propelled up to the top of the tower which appears to have its own viewing points with windows so people can soak in the exceptional views from above for an unlimited amount of time.
From the inside, a young boy is pictured staring longingly at the surrounding spacescape from the interior of the elevator, filled with stars, galaxies, and planets that we may have learnt much more about in less than 300 years.
Are We There Yet?
Whilst not a current wonder of the world, the Burj Khalifa is a sight to behold. As the world’s tallest building, reaching 828m in height, those looking to obtain the best vantage point above ground can conquer this bucket list-worthy monument, which is the most comparable structure that we currently have to that of this imagined wonder of the world.
Wonder #4: An Ecological Reserve
Whilst ecological reserves on Earth today are perceived to be some of the most pristine and wondrous areas brimming with diverse flora and fauna, in 2300, these reserves are even worthy of the title of a Wonder of the World, according to AI.
Capturing Elephants frolicking in turquoise lagoons and Rhinos walking through lush grasslands, it may be that AI chose these species due to their near-extinction status now, meaning that they’ll likely be extinct in the future. But, these eco reserves seem to be the oasis these species need to thrive and survive in the modern world of 2300.
And with people walking right beside the animals in their natural habitats, we may expect that these wilderness sanctuaries will be one of the world’s most scenic, and perhaps the only, remaining places to be in with a chance of spying these spectacular species.
Are We There Yet?
In 2023, the Eden Project is a location comparable to these future ecological reserves, with its vibrant botanical garden being the home of an array of flora and fauna to help people build their relationships with the natural world. Want a chance to experience what these ecological reserves might be like in 2300? Well, a visit to the Eden Project might just give you an idea…
Wonder #5: An Oceanic Habitat
Sitting on the seabed, this oceanic habitat is reminiscent of the fabled and mystical ‘Lost City of Atlantis’, where we’d expect mermaids to lurk and diverse marine life to flourish as this ancient civilisation thrived.
But, instead, this city appears to be fully equipped to house humans. With structures built on stilts that are able to withstand the weight of large buildings, it also appears that there are platforms and lighting systems in place for its inhabitants to move around, dive, and swim in the water with ease even whilst in these dark depths.
The close-up image generated by AI shows us a glimpse of what a room within a home would look like and, in all honesty, it looks much like what the average living space is today. But, instead of views of the outside world, you have fish swimming past and the iridescent blue glow of the water as your daily view. Pretty cool, if you ask us.
Are We There Yet?
Whilst there are no inhabited underwater cities in our present world, with the rate at which climate change is causing sea levels to rise, it’s more than possible that we see technology advancing to allow us to live in our oceans and live out our ‘The Little Mermaid’ fantasies.
Wonder #6: A Self-Sustaining Lunar Colony
By 2300, AI expects that we’ve crossed the line from inhabiting just one planet to living on others, a milestone achievement in aerospace technology.
And this self-sustaining lunar planet is just one potential outcome of this advancement, with its circular, web-like structure featuring a main hub attached to individual pods that are built within a large crater on a moon, whether in our current galaxy or another.
When it comes to what daily life is like on this lunary colony, there look to be many individual ports from which smaller space vessels can dock to either explore the surrounding planet or other parts of space, which any fans of ‘Star Wars’ or ‘A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’ will undoubtedly be impressed by the prospect of.
The rooms look to be spacious and have stretching views of the craggy lunar mountainous regions through great windows that spy on this outside world, as well as large spacecraft racing past.
Are We There Yet?
Whilst space colonisation hasn’t yet seen signs of development, who knows, by 2300 we may be seeing humans gain the title of a multi-planet species and beginning to take the galaxy by storm.
Wonder #7: A Vertical City
Likely built to tackle the overpopulation issues that we’re already facing in our current day and age, this vertical city takes advantage of the ample space we have if we were to only build upwards. It’s built in the middle of a natural haven, with what looks to be a road system circling its exterior that may connect the city to other inhabited areas.
And resembling the thin, extending peaks of its mountain surrounds, the city’s fantasy-like structure looks much like something you’d see overlooking Mordor in ‘The Lord of the Rings’, with its thin, needle-like features and a helix-structure at its core.
But, despite the modernistic architecture of this 7th World Wonder, it is in perfect harmony with its untouched, natural surroundings. It even incorporates this in its interiors, where wood is highly integrated into the furnishings as inhabitants peer out over the verdant forestry and vast mountain landscapes that lie within its vicinity.
Are We There Yet?
We’re already beginning to see developments for vertical cities in the 21st century, with Neom being the first. This new urban plan has been launched by Saudi Arabia, with a mirror facade that stretches upwards and extends throughout its vast desert landscape. So, it’s likely that we’ll be seeing vertical cities come to life sooner than AI predicts.
We asked an AI software what the 7 Wonders of the World will be in 2300, 277 years from now. An alternative AI software was then used to generate images that brought these suggestions to life, some that displayed these wonders from afar and others showcasing a ‘day in the life’ perspective.
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