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.Welcome to YVR 2037YVR Airport: Thursday May 14, 2037 at 08:45This is Pascal\u2019s first visit to Vancouver International Airport. As he wanders inside, his augmented reality\u00a0glasses alert him to watch the Welcome to YVR Airport story. He accepts, prompting a YVR Storyteller\u00a0to appear.The Storyteller \u2013 one of five hundred, personalized, holographic customer service representatives,\u00a0helps travellers with wayfinding, gate details and information on airport amenities. The Storyteller\u00a0accompanies Pascal through the main concourse, detailing the history of YVR and describing the unique\u00a0journey he is about to experience.\u201cVancouver Airport Authority welcomes you to Vancouver International Airport, or YVR. Here we work as an\u00a0active member of the community to build a sustainable, vibrant, innovative and diverse airport. We also aim to\u00a0deliver hyper-efficiency with friendly, fast and reliable service for airlines that connect you to friends, family,\u00a0business partners and associates in Asia, the Americas and beyond.\u201dAs Pascal proceeds through the building he\u2019s struck by its ambience, its forest-fresh air and the fusion\u00a0of clean, modern 21st century architecture with stunning First Nations art \u2013 a visual reminder to\u00a0travellers of the city\u2019s origins and history.The Storyteller continues \u2013 \u201cWe listen to your needs, and together with local transport operators, get you to\u00a0your destination as efficiently as possible. This means reduced congestion, flexible transport choices and more\u00a0time for you to enjoy your journey.We are proud of the fact that revenue we earn is reinvested back into our airport, it plays a part in making us\u00a0one of the best airports in the world.In addition, we create value for Greater Vancouver and all British Columbians from the available land\u00a0on beautiful Sea Island. We achieve this by offering automated stacked parking for longer stays, quick\u00a0transportation connections to downtown Vancouver and other key regional destinations, a world-class retail\u00a0park and the creation of the YVR Business District – home to the world\u2019s best aeronautical startups. These\u00a0businesses focus on the study, design and manufacturing of air flight-capable machines and supporting systems.Upon entering the terminal building you will experience fast track bag check-in, you will pass through state-of-the-art security with ease, and beyond that \u2013 enjoy a cosmopolitan shopping and dining experience to rival any\u00a0around the world.YVR strives to be fully sustainable and environmentally efficient. We\u2019re achieving this through the harnessing\u00a0of rainwater and solar energy. Our revolutionary vertical farm delivers fresh vegetables daily, while our award winning\u00a0ground operations carefully manage the environment to reduce noise, taxiing times, queues and\u00a0greenhouse gases. We strive for zero carbon emissions and zero waste each day of the year.To ensure travellers have the best experience, we have deployed sensors to capture and transmit data to help\u00a0with optimization, artificial intelligence and automated control systems.We thank you for choosing to travel through YVR. We\u2019d love to hear how we could make your airport experience\u00a0even richer. In the meantime, have a great trip.\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.