As a Futurist I get asked a lot about what the future holds (no surprise there) but, when you get asked to think about a travel hub that hundreds of thousands of people use every year and what it will be like in 20 years then I find myself faced with a difficult challenge. To create a realistic, and fantastical, future that is completely practical, achievable, and supportive to great human experience for both travelers and workers.So, when YVR\u00a0approached me with this challenge I drew on Design Fiction to help draw out that vision of the future for this world leading airport, here in Vancouver. I weave technologies that I feel will be commonplace in the future into great traveler experiences using advancements we will likely see in 2037:In-airport vertical farms that deliver fresh vegetables daily;Holographic customer service representatives;Robots for service, passport control and loading luggage for passengers;Automatic car ports;Augmented reality contact lenses that download and reveal airport maps and business events and provide on-the-fly instructions;Biometrics;\u2026and even access to space travel!Here is one of those stories.Family Reunions in the FutureYVR Airport: Thursday May 14, 2037 at 13:26Nearing the end of the flight from London, England, a supersonic jet descends through a thin layer of\u00a0cloud on its final approach to Vancouver International Airport.Its youngest passenger, 10-year-old Zach, is on his way to stay with his Grandpa. He gazes with\u00a0amazement over this city of glass, perched on the edge of the Pacific, backdropped by endless layers of\u00a0snow-capped mountains.\u201cWow!\u201d he gasps, \u201cwhat are those mountains called over there?\u201d Douglas, his Holographic YVR Travel\u00a0Guardian points out \u2013 \u201cThat is the Coast Mountain Range, and see those two peaks? They\u2019re known as The\u00a0Lions.\u201d Zach pulls a face, raises his hands, claw-like and lets out a \u201cRAARRGH!\u201d followed by a chuckle \u2013 \u201cI\u00a0hope Grandpa Bill takes me to see them.\u201dAs the plane continues its descent, Zach learns about the people and the businesses that flourish at the\u00a0airport and in the surrounding areas.Douglas explains \u2013 \u201cSee those big buildings down there? They\u2019re for cargo. Clothing, food, and anything else\u00a0you can think of moves through there. The Airport is a world leader in cargo logistics and uses state-of-theart\u00a0artificial intelligence and automated systems to help connect B.C. businesses to the rest of the world. For\u00a0example, it\u2019s quite likely that the B.C. salmon you eat back home in London was imported from here.\u201dAs the aircraft prepares to land, Douglas points out the window \u2013 \u201cSee the vehicle parking?\u201d When people\u00a0park at Vancouver International Airport their vehicles get stored in the automatic car ports. They drive\u00a0on, synchronize their flight details and the system packs them tightly into the space. That area can\u00a0efficiently store over ten thousand cars.\u201d\u201cThis is the coolest airport,\u201d Zach says excitedly as the plane quietly, gently touches down. Seconds later, a\u00a0Ground Taxi Robot pulls it towards the gate to dock.Zach grabs his bags and walks off the plane, up the aerobridge and into the main Arrivals area.Strolling through the airport, Zach learns more about YVR through fun animations popping up on\u00a0various airport surfaces. He and Douglas stop at a large window overlooking the runway.\u00a0\u201cYVR has built hyper-efficient runways to reduce emissions and to support the adoption of biofuels, which\u00a0makes flying more environmentally friendly.\u201d As Zach peers out, information menus appear on the window\u00a0tagging vehicles, planes and baggage loaders to coincide with what they\u2019re seeing on the runway.\u201cLet\u2019s go and see Grandpa Bill,\u201d says Douglas accompanying Zach towards Passport Control.A Canadian Border Services Officer approaches with a welcoming smile and scans Zach\u2019s passport.\u00a0\u201cWelcome to Canada Zach!\u201d Zach smiles.\u00a0As they approach the baggage area Utility Robots are helping travellers by hauling luggage and placing\u00a0it on auto-carts that accompany the travellers as they exit towards ground transportation.An auto-cart approaches \u2013 \u201cTwo bags for Zachary Swanson.\u201d Zach and Douglas make their way towards\u00a0the exit with the luggage-filled auto-cart gliding next to them.Suddenly, from a short distance away, we hear \u2013 \u201cHey buddy!\u201d Zach spots Grandpa Bill and runs into his\u00a0outstretched arms. Douglas catches up with them \u2013 \u201cHello Bill. Great to see you. I have to go now. See you\u00a0soon Zach.\u201dZach responds with a smile and a wave \u2013 \u201cThanks for helping me, Douglas.\u201dThe hologram of Douglas flickers and dissolves leaving a small control box on the floor. Bill picks it up,\u00a0takes Zach\u2019s hand and together they exit \u2013 \u201cWe can activate Douglas for the journey home and you can learn\u00a0even more about the airport. Let\u2019s go, I\u2019ve got lots of fun planned for you!\u201dMore Stories…In this blog I will feature each story in full over the next few days (you can fast track to download all of them here) and I wanted to share the video that was created for this (without the voiceover to show the vision in isolation).You can see more information on the project and what it is trying to achieve over at YVR2037.ca***Nikolas Badminton is a world-respected futurist speaker that researches, speaks, and writes about the future of work, how technology is affecting the workplace, how workers are adapting, the sharing economy, and how the world is evolving. He appears at conferences in Canada, USA, UK, and Europe.\u00a0Email him to book him for your radio, TV show, or conference.