AI and 3D-printed food to shape the holiday season by 2040

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The ‘Christmas of the future’ will see us deck the halls with 3D-printed decorations, grow dinner in ‘solution’ in our own kitchens and buy family and friends gifts from lists generated by artificial intelligence based on social media ‘likes’ by 2037, according to Amazon.

State of the art technology will give the idea of a ‘homemade’ Christmas a whole new twist with menus of food shaped into festive symbols using 3D-printing technology. 

The study, crafted by leading futurists, states that thanks to advances in ‘hydroponics’ technology, we’ll be growing vegetables in our own kitchens in mineral nutrient solutions in a water solvent instead of soil.

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A new report has looked into how state-of-the-art technology will shape the 'Christmas of the future'. The Amazon report, crafted by leading futurists, claims that 3D-printed food (artist's impression) and wish lists generated by AI will shape the festive period by 2037

A new report has looked into how state-of-the-art technology will shape the ‘Christmas of the future’. The Amazon report, crafted by leading futurists, claims that 3D-printed food (artist’s impression) and wish lists generated by AI will shape the festive period by 2037

THE CHRISTMAS OF THE FUTURE 

A new report from Amazon has looked into how state-of-the-art technology will shape the ‘Christmas of the future’.

– Food shaped into festive symbols using 3D printing technology

– AI will make gift wish lists based on social media likes

– LED wallpaper displaying Christmas scenes

– 3D-printed Christmas decorations, such as tree baubles

– Vegetables grown at home in mineral nutrient solutions

– Distant family members will still get to join Christmas dinners using virtual reality headsets

People will also be able to give virtual hugs to friends and relatives who aren’t with them over the holidays, according to the report which was penned by futurist William Higham of London consultancy firm Next Big Thing and food trend researcher Dr Morgaine Gaye.   

And as for decorations, our homes will be have LED wallpaper displaying festive scenes and baubles made by 3D printer, according to the report which looked at up to 20 years into the future.   

Dr Gaye said: ‘For many, an impressive feast is what makes Christmas

‘Soon we will be adding even more of a homemade touch to our Christmas spreads, from using hydroponic technology to help us grow fruit and vegetables in our kitchens, no matter how small, to 3D printing helping us to create stunning edible artworks for dessert.’ 

He added that family members kept apart at Christmas will in future use virtual reality to spend the holiday season together.

‘December is a time of preparation and celebration, and technology will put a festive twist on how we approach Christmas in the future, while making the celebration more convenient and communal,’ he said.

‘One innovation we can expect to see used over the festive period is augmented reality in the home.

‘Christmas is a time for family, and advanced technology could allow families who live miles apart to celebrate and interact together.

‘The introduction of haptic clothing, which recreates the sense of touch through vibrations or motions, will allow us to feel closer to overseas relatives by giving them a ‘haptic hug’ on Christmas morning.   

‘And holographic imaging will be a way to project 3D versions of our friends and family into our living rooms so they can get ‘virtually’ involved in the festivities.’ 

Family members kept apart at Christmas will in future use virtual reality to spend the holiday season together

Family members kept apart at Christmas will in future use virtual reality to spend the holiday season together

Family members kept apart at Christmas will in future use virtual reality to spend the holiday season together

Family members kept apart at Christmas will in future use virtual reality to spend the holiday season together

Family members kept apart at Christmas will in future use virtual reality (file photo left) to spend the holiday season together. 3D-printed decorations (file photo right), such as tree baubles, will also feature in holiday seasons to come

People will grow their Christmas dinner vegetables in their kitchen thanks to advances in 'hydroponics' technology (file photo). The innovation will mean vegetables are grown in mineral nutrient solutions in a water solvent instead of soil

People will grow their Christmas dinner vegetables in their kitchen thanks to advances in 'hydroponics' technology (file photo). The innovation will mean vegetables are grown in mineral nutrient solutions in a water solvent instead of soil

People will grow their Christmas dinner vegetables in their kitchen thanks to advances in ‘hydroponics’ technology (file photo). The innovation will mean vegetables are grown in mineral nutrient solutions in a water solvent instead of soil

LED wallpaper displaying Christmas scenes are predicted to feature in Christmases of the future (artist's impression)

LED wallpaper displaying Christmas scenes are predicted to feature in Christmases of the future (artist's impression)

LED wallpaper displaying Christmas scenes are predicted to feature in Christmases of the future (artist’s impression)





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