4) People will want to go back to nature and contact with nature.
Yes, but as close as possible to how they live in the city. And that means with connectivity, services and the amenities they are used to.
Obviously let's not be blunt and give credit to those who are truly naturists, but they are the fewest, just like before the pandemic.
And if for some reason you believe that rural areas can absorb an amount of demand that exceeds the existing availabilities and infrastructures, let's talk to Harry Potter to make accommodation, gastronomic solutions, access and transport appear in places where they were not before. Because by magic alone is the only way I can conceive of a change of the magnitude that should be made in most rural areas that want to capitalize on this increase in demand.
Simply put, the demand is not matched by the necessary supply. For that reason they will go to the places that are available and if the demand is great, the prices will be too.
5) Smart Cities and Smart Tourism Destinations or ITDs will be the solution and the way forward.
This sentence would be valid if new approaches based on the application of ICTs can solve people's needs, but to the extent that this is not happening, we fall back into a blanket of doubts.
Urbanism is a fact that, far from stopping, is on the rise; people are increasingly living in cities. In regions such as Latin America this phenomenon is exacerbated and we have figures of 81% of the population living in cities.
In Uruguay these figures reach 95%, so solving the urban issue is vital and our lives depend on this detail.
However, as technology and digitizing everything is not the solution, and it is also expensive, what will be valid is to be able to have intelligence to use data, transform them into information and knowledge to be able to make the right decisions in real time. Intelligence will be based on this quality and not just on having technology and flaunting it.
We need to be optimistic, but also critical. Questioning these approaches is the only way not to be complacent and allows us to take action so as not to depend on others.
6) If someone wants to sell you what is coming in the future, don't buy, they are selling you smoke.
The only probable thing is that there will be much more than today, but it is very difficult to know what.
This happens for the simple reason that more and more new knowledge is being generated, and at an exponential rate.
We are used to think and imagine with human logics that we apply to our likeness, and yet machines and computers are designed and programmed to systematize in this way and faster than humans.
Assuming that our brain capacity is still largely unknown, and if it were possible for machines to reason based on networks similar to those established by neurons (neural networks and deep learning), but faster, learning from these processes and in exponential ways, a new world would open up. Even if they could be endowed with a system different from the one we apply today, it would not be unreasonable to imagine that a universe of new possibilities would open up that are unfathomable with the logics we think and understand today. In such a case, it would be unimaginable what could happen in an apparently not so distant future.
We should not be afraid of the possible scenarios I am referring to; we should take a critical look or perspective, outline strategies and flexible paths and adopt an open and resilient mind in order to be able to adapt.
The only thing I dare to say is that the motto will be more than ever: "adapt or die".
What would happen even if none of this were to happen?
Let's think of a natural or man-made cataclysm. In those cases we will also have to adapt to new realities, which are not possible to manage or ensure with the logics we use today.
I leave here, with an optimistic view of the future and critical at the same time, with the need to continue learning in order to adapt to what is to come. Time will tell, let's wait for Tuesday's newspaper...
Author: Mag. Nicolás Raffo Menoni