The sexperts tend to agree with him — that 100 years in the future, we'll feed our lust using virtual technology, digital stimulation, robots with artificial intelligence and "fake" girlfriends and boyfriends.

"We've always been into objects," says Linda Weiner, a sex therapist in St. Louis. "But the objects will change. I think the most intense need is to invent something that will create desire in our stressed-out lives."

Weiner sees a future where St. Louis tech companies build sex robots that re-create human touch and bonding, haptic machines will allow us to have and watch live sex with partners who are vast distances away, and even artificial orgasms that can be injected directly into the brain. Weiner thinks we'll eventually be able to morph our bodies, so anyone can experience sex as a different gender. Because the technologies will still be novel and taboo, "it will be extremely erotic," Weiner says.

Engineer Shawn Leight.
Theo Welling
Engineer Shawn Leight.
Great Rivers Greenway's executive director, Susan Trautman.
Theo Welling
Great Rivers Greenway's executive director, Susan Trautman.

Is St. Louis ready to invent the sex robot? "We invented ice cream and racquetball," Weiner says. "We've got some Internet geniuses from St. Louis."

But what if you don't want futuristic sex? What if you're into good old-fashioned petting with another flesh-and-blood human? Matt Homann, the St. Louis inventor of Invisible Girlfriend and Invisible Boyfriend, the startup that produces online evidence of a fictional relationship, had a surprisingly quaint thought on the subject of future sex.

"Two more generations from now, we'll certainly have the capacity to livestream our every moment," he says. "The digital tools are there for them to experience sex directly wired into their brains, but there are going to be people, the 2114 hipsters, who prefer the analog and unplug."
—Lindsay Toler

The Future of Beer
Great German brewers built the city's identity over the last two centuries, and there's no reason to believe the next 100 years will be any different. But will the 4 Hands and Schlaflys of today become the Anheuser-Busches of tomorrow?

"There have been so many craft beers launched in the last few years, and I don't see how most of them will survive," says Bill Finnie, who headed a number of sweeping beer-industry studies during his three-decade career with A-B.

Now an adjunct professor at the Olin Business School at Washington University, Finnie points out that in the late '50s and '60s, numerous successful regional breweries — like Falstaff in St. Louis — failed. They couldn't complete with the low-priced beers from massive consolidated breweries like Anheuser-Busch, Budweiser, Miller, Schlitz and others.

"Craft beer is an amazing transformation, and I think there's another fifteen years for it to run," he says. "I'd say 80 to 90 percent of the craft beers launched over the past five or six years will not be around five or six years from now."

Schlafly cofounder Dan Kopman, however, is looking far beyond five or six years. By 2114, he predicts, high-efficiency brewing methods will reduce the time and water needed to produce a barrel of beer.

"Water is becoming scarce in some parts of the world," Kopman writes in an e-mail. "Essentially, all of the effort around the world to conserve fresh water and the use of desalination will impact brewers."

But other advances will allow St. Louis brewers to push the definition of beer itself.

"Who is to say that beer should be made from only barley and wheat, hops and specific yeast strains?" he suggests.

The future definition of "beer" could become more of a subjective descriptor; we could be brewing with cane and beet sugar, honey, fruit juices, spices, new yeast strains and other enzymes — all will result in uniquely different flavors we don't even have words for yet, according to Kopman.

"We are seeing brewers use other spices/flavorings in beer more and more," he writes. "In addition, brewers will use nontraditional yeast strains and other forms of bacteria to ferment sugar liquids. This will result in different flavors, and traditional definitions for beer will be stretched."

For Finnie, though, the most stunning development in the future of beer won't come in a bottle — it'll be in our brains. Alzheimer's research, he says, may eventually lead scientists to solve all kinds of disorders that originate in the brain — even addiction.

"I am optimistic that, in the future, you can have the socialization and good aspects of alcohol without the tragic aspects of alcohol abuse," he says. "I'm an optimist. I think the world is going to be pretty darn good."
Danny Wicentowski

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egolterman
egolterman topcommenter

From these comments can you understand how 'out of touch' your publication is with the reality of St .Louis, and how inappropriate it is for you to go to the dishonored history

museum for any assessment of the future? You know why St. Louis was 'taken down' and who took it down, and who is still taking it down.

egolterman
egolterman topcommenter

Burdened with the same over-bearing power brokers over the last 30 years, none of whose top down initiatives have even begun to recover this City, St. Louis has no future. If it can

'con' its way into the County it buys may be another 5 years, then they both go down.

The contrast between what other cities and regions did to recover beginning in the late 80s and what St. Louis refused to do is too divergent to ever come together.

tdwilliams99999
tdwilliams99999

Uh in 100 years we'll all be lucky to have food let alone mile-high skyscrapers.   I predict a more difficult life and extremely unpredictable weather extremes.  Glad neither I nor my kids will be around.  I feel for my grand and great grand children.

aaronmccoy242
aaronmccoy242 topcommenter

according to the above picture we will build a dome over East St Louis.  North city also?

Christopher P. Singler
Christopher P. Singler

Who's going to be riding all these bikes when it's supposed to be over 100 degrees all summer?

Mike Igleheart
Mike Igleheart

This futuristic view of downtown St. Louis is an artists rendering of the view from Spacely's Sprockets.

egolterman
egolterman topcommenter

City/County re-connect is a fact. Done without a vote over 30 years. Kind of 'got by' the people as they didnt notice County taxpayers (personal property and real estate) visitors (who pay hotel/motel tax) and all who shop retail pay 80% of every dollar needed to 

keep the City going, to programs and initiatives in the City-some good, some bad. The City's population is dipping dangerously close to an all-time low of 300,000, too much crime-so the front burner goal is statistical-to lessen the sting by speading the figures -countywide. Looks and sounds better. More important question-how long can the County last?

Ken Hood
Ken Hood

It's a city going no where. Time is an will pass this city by. Gateway to the west. You Have to think of Gate way to The world. No chance. Not This city or other....

Jesda Ulati
Jesda Ulati

It will look damn near the same, but smaller.

Genia Ackworth
Genia Ackworth

Between St. Louis and the Metro East, I don't know of one politician who is forward thinking. Can't even plan 5 yrs ahead then they want to tear up the roads and bridges when traffic studies should've already been done 5 yrs before.

Lin Staum
Lin Staum

At the rate we are going it will be a wasteland with trash and dead bodies all over. I am ready to move.

Kelly Roellig
Kelly Roellig

Well I'm pretty sure they some provision that no building be taller than the gateway arch in stl so I'm pretty sure it won't be stunted by giant skyscrapers and highways. Nope. Fantasy St. Louis. You'd have to get rid of all the trash down there anyway.

Ann Blazier
Ann Blazier

I predict mutant whore houses and snake charmers on every corner.

Doug Page
Doug Page

By the way east St Louis is in Illinois.

Steve Mincer
Steve Mincer

pawn shops and bail bonds. we're too afraid to hurt the feelings of the scum ruining this city.

Casey Saunders
Casey Saunders

wait a sec... a sex therapist named Linda Weiner? you guys just made that up for the good of the article, didn't you?

Jodi Fox
Jodi Fox

Oh please, picture it, Detroit, 2014. They can't even fix that cancer they call East St. Louis.

tfucoloro
tfucoloro

I sure hope St Louis doesn't build elevated highways through downtown like the (totally awesome) cover image shows! And the fashion taste of those futuristic people on the roof, I hope I'm dead before that style fad drops...


And some of those trees are pretty tall. Doesn't that mean we need to plant those, like, today? :-)

TyroneJefferson
TyroneJefferson

2114 -----   St. Louis is the capital city of the Planet Of The Apes. 

Global warming has given the City the climate of Uganda.

Public Transportation is simply carjacking someone elses vehicle and dropping it off at designated Jack-Me-Jack-U parking spots .

The words ECO, SUSTAINABLE, and DIVERSITY are plastered everywhere in glowing lights and blared from loudspeakers round the clock. The government council has seized all private farms in the river valleys and forced the former owners to grow what the communal collective orders them to.

Bicycle riding will be the forced requirement for the Fedora Class people. Heavy rains and storms will be no excuse not to pedal harder through the jungle vines and decayed urban rubble that litters old Olive Street. Only light body armor will be required on bicyclist (under tight tatty spandex) and a legally mandated helmet (that looks like a swirly ice cream cone) must identify the rider or punishment will ensue with shock probes.

1/3 of the pale skinned population will be forced to work 12 hours a day 7 days a week to support  the other 66% of the Entitlement Class peoples .

The average STL City  IQ will be 89. 

The favorite sports will be revenge shootings, and throwing poop at each other.

sunofgod21
sunofgod21

yeah me too. This picture gives me a bad feeing..

TyroneJefferson
TyroneJefferson

@RiverfrontTimes @publiceyestl  

The essential item missing in this "futurist vision" is exactly who (or what) is going to PAY for this marvelous future. You know money , $$$$$.

Since STL was once home to many Irish , perhaps the lost pots-of-gold left behind by their Leprechauns will be found, and thus offer an abundant financial future for upcoming St.Louisans ?

Or, perhaps future STL residents can take the rusty Serra Sculptures and cash them in at Kingdom of Dubai pawnshops? 

As we are a City named after a religious Saint, I think the $wealth$ will flow shortly after the Rapture comes ,and nearby East St. Louis will be heavenly instilled as the New Garden Of Eden. Our proximity to the earthly delights offered by East St. Lous could be a source of such income......

PS --- Robot maids will need "rights" too. Must not oppress the "Metal Class"!

 
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