Five Lessons Learnt This Week

This week in Five Lessons learnt, find out what the world will look like in 100 years, what it’ll cost you to marry Obama’s daughter, why you need to stock up on prosecco and why being pessimistic could be costing you. Read on to find out…

1. What the world will look like in 2115

Screen Shot 2015-05-28 at 14.34.48A study by architects and engineers this week claimed that within 100 years, six-storey deep basements, floating cities and high-rise farms will all become commonplace on our landscape. The study suggested that “spaceports” with easy access to Mars and the Moon will become a reality, as well as 3D printed buildings.

Underwater cities could become a solution to overcrowding, while huge bridges will be built across entire cities to allow drivers (or probably driverless cars, by then) to bypass traffic congestion. And buildings with their own micro-climates will allow humans to live in previously uninhabitable areas.

We’ve seen the future, and it looks like a rooftop farm…

These are not the only future trends we’re looking forward to seeing become reality – check out the Top 8 Future Tech Trends We’re Excited About to find out why we can’t wait to see driverless cars and virtual trading rooms in action. 

2. What it costs to marry Obama’s daughter

Screen Shot 2015-05-28 at 14.43.34Well, maybe. A Kenyan lawyer has reportedly offered a variety of livestock to the US president in return for his eldest daughter Malia’s hand in marriage. Felix Kiprono has promised Obama 50 cows, 70 sheep and 30 goats in exchange for his 16-year-old daughter, and pledged to give Malia “a simple life”, teaching her how to milk a cow and prepare traditional Kenyan dishes.

Kiprono says it has been his dream to marry Obama’s daughter since 2008, and that he has not dated anyone else since. Obama has not yet replied to his offer, but the lawyer plans to put his proposition to the president during his upcoming visit to Kenya (where his father was born) in July. So stay tuned… but we probably wouldn’t go buying your hats just yet.

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3. We’re running out of fizz

Screen Shot 2015-05-28 at 16.58.47A “very poor” harvest of prosecco grapes means demand for the world’s favourite sparkling wine could outstrip supply, causing prices to soar. Wine merchants have been bumping up prosecco prices by an estimated 50% to take advantage of the reduced supply of bubbles – contrary to prosecco’s reputation as a more affordable alternative to champagne.

The bad harvest was caused by poor weather in the DOC flatlands north of Venice, were prosecco grapes are grown. Sudden unexpected rainfall caused newly-planted vines to rot, halving yield of the grapes in some areas.

Guess we’d better stick to Bollinger and Cristal for now, then…

If you need an alternative to your favourite sparkling tipple, check out the LFX Guide to Wine for inspiration. 

4. You can 3D print yourself

Screen Shot 2015-05-28 at 17.08.11Yes, really. A new service at ASDA lets customers who just can’t get enough of themselves create an identical miniature keepsake thanks to 3D printing technology. The process uses a full body scanner which takes just 12 seconds to take thousands of snapshots from every angle (there’s no ‘good side’ in 3D printing…) and record all the necessary details to print an eight-inch replica of yourself to keep on your mantelpiece (or give to your mates as a present… why wouldn’t they want a miniature memento of you they can take everywhere with them?!)

Each mini-me costs £60 and will be available to collect the next time you’re in store. Call us crazy, but this isn’t quite what we had in mind when we first heard about 3D printing…

5. Always look on the bright side of life

Screen Shot 2015-05-29 at 09.23.26A study this week has shown that being cynical could be costing you. Academics at the University of Cologne proved that optimists earn nearly £2,000 more per year than their more cynical counterparts. Individuals who view other people as dishonest and have a generally more negative view of the world are more likely to miss valuable opportunities, while more positive workers’ wages increased until they were earning £157 more a month, which equates to an additional £1,884 on their annual pay packet.

They say pessimists are never disappointed, but they might be the next time they take a look at their payslips…

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