Jurassic parks, virtual roller coasters and underwater cities: this will be the destinations of the future


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A tourist waits patiently to be able to contemplate the majesty of the star of the enclosure. It may be your nap time, but sooner or later you will be present in the most visible part of your space.

Although this could be the scene that is repeated daily in zoos around the world, the truth is that the approach is somewhat more futuristic. In the purest Jurassic Park style, this situation is likely to have a dinosaur as its protagonist.

Today, the technology would already allow the use of a DNA sample of up to one million years old to give life to any species through cloning.

Theoretically, this would make possible the cloning of Neanderthals and, although seeing a velocirraptor seems still complicated, it does not seem far-fetched that in the future the doors of a hypothetical Jurassic park will open to show its visitors the spectacularity of species that inhabited our planet you were back.

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What will happen to our cities in the future? © Getty Images

In fact, it is now possible to see cloned animals of endangered species in some zoos. Science, for example, allowed the San Diego Zoo in the United States to house a banteng for seven years, a bovine animal from Asia that is on the verge of disappearance.

Thus, from showing cloned animals of endangered species to doing the same with those that have ceased to exist, there seems to be only one step.

Beyond the ethical debates that the use of cloning will bring with it to bring triceratops and company back to life, the truth is that this possible future scenario would represent only the tip of the iceberg of a revolution: the tourist destinations of tomorrow could change by Complete and be starring technology.

There are already hotels in which technology is the main protagonist, the accommodations of the future could well be like the one Netflix portrays in the Altered Carbon series . In it, Poe is an artificial intelligence that not only takes care of the reception of a hotel, but also owns the establishment. The management, management and even the defense of the hotel is a matter of algorithms.

And if fiction seems to have been able to predict what the tourism of the future will be like through Jurassic Park or Altered Carbon, one of HBO's latest successes is not far behind. Westworld, the series of Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy (based on the homonymous film by Michael Crichton, author of Jurassic Park) raises a supposed robotic insurrection born, precisely, inside a theme park.

Designed by Dr. Ford (Anthony Hopkins), Westworld is a theme park inhabited by androids created to entertain their guests and that they do whatever they want with robots.

Although it poses it as an exclusive experience for rich people willing to pay $ 40, 000 (about 33, 000 euros at the current exchange rate) per day, the truth is that it does not sound entirely crazy that, in the future, robots are designed to entertain and develop to such an extent that it is possible to open a whole theme park with them.

After all, the popular robot Sophia is already able to learn from humans to work with them and has the honor of being the first to achieve citizenship in a country. Maybe this is just the beginning.

Parques de atracciones ¿a lo Westworld?

Amusement parks Westworld? © Netflix


The coincidences between fiction and reality do not seem to remain there. In fact, some seem to predict a future in which tourism takes place without having to move from the sofa: the destination will be on the other side of virtual reality glasses .

In 2011 Ready Player One was published , the book on which Spielberg himself has been based to make a film that, with the same title, poses a future in which people spend more time in a virtual reality game called OASIS that In the physical world.

Currently, virtual reality already offers a lot of possibilities. On the one hand, some amusement parks (such as the Warner Park in Madrid) have managed to give a twist to the traditional world of vertigo and, now, in its roller coasters you can enjoy a multitude of sensations in combination with virtual reality.

In addition, this technology has landed even in the aisles of shopping centers, where it is increasingly common to see large devices intended for entertainment. So a seat and virtual reality glasses are enough to go to other worlds or ride attractions without leaving the commercial premises.

La Realidad Virtual será el día a día

Virtual Reality will be day to day © Getty Images

The future of tourism could also expand beyond trips to the fauna of the past, virtual worlds and robotic paradises. In fact, it could take us as a destination to places never visited before.

At least, that is the intention of Shimizu, a Japanese company that plans to build an underwater colony by 2030. Its name is Ocean Spiral and it would be composed of a circular building on the sea surface from which a road to residential spaces would be born. From the depths.

And it is not the only project that explores little tourist habitats. While hotels like the Jules Undersea Lodge in Florida already allow you to wake up at the bottom of the sea, technology mogul Elon Musk has already set out to take two space tourists to the Moon in the coming months.

In short, whether knowing species that lived on our planet millions of years ago, enjoying a roller coaster without lifting our feet from the ground or making an army of robots our most entertaining company, the truth is that technology could bring with it all A tourist revolution. What will be your favorite destination?