Sharing our Future

Written by : Erik Hormein

The size of a city doesn’t expand, but it population does. Population of its resident and population of JUNK.

As a human, we always tend to consume more, and the more we consume, the more we waste. Especially in our last decade, the numbers of plastic, silicon and metal trash are keep increasing as we prefer to use a cheap disposable stuff instead of an expensive, durable one. If we keep on nurturing this habits, we could only hope that Elon Musk plan to colonize Mars will happens in our generations. The next generation will mimic what we do just like we replicate our parent’s 90’s lifestyle.

We are living in an age of technology. Bit of data are the building blocks of our today’s business world. Tech companies with no tangible assets are valued more than conventional business with bricks and inventories. Software engineers are a more “sexy” job compared to an oil and mineral engineers. A 3-year-old toddler could operate a phone to open a youtube videos. I was eating dirt when I was 3.

Developed cities have imposed a smart city movement to improve the life condition of its resident. But some have gone even further by imposing a Sharing City Program. While some cities are still paranoid with the new business model of sharing, some have realized that this will model will be their solutions toward their consumerism problem.

Sharing economy is actually not a new thing, but technology has scaled the business like crazy, disrupting conventional business at its wake. To quote Tom Goodwin in his articles : Uber, the world’s largest taxi company, owns no vehicles. Facebook, the world’s most popular media owner, creates no content. Alibaba, the most valuable retailer, has no inventory. And Airbnb, the world’s largest accommodation provider, owns no real estate. Something interesting is happening.

This business model might really work for the smart and crowded populations to reduce its consumption. As we might be familiar with the power drill jargon that is being only used for x minutes in its entire lifetime, we could bring those text book portrait to life. In the near future, there will be a platform to share everything to everyone. Not only your car, your home, but also for the rest of your stuff.

Owning something starts to feel like a burden, especially when you need to maintain and store it. Simplicity and minimalism is the backbone of today’s architecture and lifestyle. Who knows what will companies like uber and airbnb be 5 or 10 years time, but, I personally believe that they will be a game changer and bring us closer to a future we can share to the next generations.

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