Sharp is 100 years old this month so Humans Invent decided to challenge five of its brightest minds to foretell what the world will look like a century from now. We conducted a series of six workshops on topics ranging from health to energy to assess how these fields will have changed by the year 2112. In this series we discover the possibility of nanorobots swimming through your veins, driverless cars and space hotels, multi-sensory entertainment and virtual reality in the classroom. Though the five scientists disagree at times on what the future may hold, they certainly agree on one thing: the world will be a very different place in 100 years’ time. On Friday we looked at transport; today we envisage how we might consume energy in 100 years’ time.

5. Energy

Nuclear Fusion could provide a solution to our energy needs in 100 years.

The group believes two main areas will be the focus of energy consumption in 100 years: renewable energy sources – solar, wind and wave – and nuclear fusion. If scientists can get nuclear fusion to work on a commercial scale, it has the potential to revolutionise the way we consume energy with very little waste left over.

Electronic Engineer, Michael Prior-Jones, says, “The fundamental thing with nuclear fusion is that you’re taking relatively abundant elements – isotopes of hydrogen which you can make from sea water – and you’re colliding them together to make huge amounts of energy. What you’re left over with is essentially non-toxic and non-radioactive.”

Every day for the next week we will be releasing the next Sharp workshop in the series. Stay tuned for the final workshop tomorrow, Robotics…

Illustrations exclusively drawn for Humans Invent by Neil Jones.

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