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What Futuristic Transport Will You See in Your Lifetime?

We are on the cusp of a revolution in transportation.

While there are still no flying cars yet, perhaps that is for the better.

Instead, it is the integrated application of ultra-fast processors, high-tech sensors, the sharing economy, battery technology, and deep learning that will revolutionize how automobiles operate.

The impact will be profound: by 2035, 90% of cars are expected to be driverless and electric. Further, even the ownership of cars will likely be a thing of the past.

The Future of Transportation

Today’s interactive piece comes to us from RS Components, and it shows how the technology around transportation will change in our lifetimes.

And it’s not just driverless cars that are taking over.

For example, Hyperloop One and skyTran are two interesting transportation projects that could online in the next 10 years, changing how we move between cities. Originally based off Elon Musk’s famous 2013 whitepaper, the first commercial Hyperloop is expected to allow travellers to move between Dubai and Abu Dhabi in just 12 minutes. For smaller distances, the skyTran will be a new system of monorail that could travel up to 150 mph (240 kph) above existing roads, using very little energy.

Further into the future, the world of transportation will be very different.

If you thought in-flight WiFi is cool, then the future of flight in 2050 will be even more surreal. Airbus predicts that panoramic windows, holographic communications and entertainment hubs, and sonic disruptors will allow people to observe, chat, and be entertained via in-flight experiences without disrupting other passengers.

Around the same time, Japanese corporation Obayashi is planning for its space elevator to be built and operational, stemming directly from the Earth’s equator. Using a 60,000 mi (96,000 km) carbon nanotube cable, a 1,300 ft (400 m) diameter floating Earth Port, and a 12,500 ton counter-weight, it would ship people and objects into space at an extremely low cost.

Such a feat of engineering and technology would revolutionize how we approach space travel.

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Ranked: The Top Startup Cities Around the World

Here are the global startup ecosystem rankings, highlighting the scale and maturity of major tech hubs worldwide.

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This bar chart shows the top startup ecosystems in the world in 2024.

The Top Startup Cities Around the World

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A richly connected network of founders, venture capital firms, and tech talent are some of the key ingredients driving a startup ecosystem.

As engines of growth, these tech clusters are evolving on a global scale. While the worldโ€™s leading startup cities are concentrated in America, several ecosystems, such as Beijing and Seoul, are growing in prominence as countries focus on technological advancement to spur innovation.

This graphic shows the best startup cities worldwide, based on data from Pitchbook.

The Global Startup Ecosystem Rankings

To determine the rankings, each city was analyzed based on the scale and maturity of their startup ecosystem over a six-year period ending in the second quarter of 2023.

Among the inputs analyzed and used to calculate the overall development score were fundraising activity, venture capital deals, and exit value:

RankCityDevelopment ScoreCapital RaisedDeal CountExit Value
1๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ San Francisco90$427.6B19,898$766.3B
2๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ New York76$179.9B13,594$171.7B
3๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ณ Beijing76$161.2B8,835$279.2B
4๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ณ Shanghai73$130.3B7,422$186.8B
5๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Los Angeles71$144.6B9,781$181.4B
6๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Boston70$117.0B6,044$172.8B
7๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง London64$99.0B11,533$71.9B
8๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ณ Shenzhen63$46.4B5,020$66.3B
9๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ท Seoul61$31.1B6,196$71.0B
10๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต Tokyo60$26.2B5,590$28.0B
11๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ณ Hangzhou59$50.7B3,361$88.7B
12๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Washington D.C.55$43.7B2,706$28.2B
13๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Seattle54$31.7B2,693$35.6B
14๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฌ Singapore52$45.7B4,507$38.0B
15๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ San Diego52$33.5B2,023$44.7B
16๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Austin52$26.4B2,636$22.9B
17๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ณ Guangzhou52$24.7B1,700$24.0B
18๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Tel Aviv51$21.0B1,936$32.2B
19๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Denver51$26.8B2,489$29.9B
20๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช Berlin50$31.2B2,469$15.9B

San Francisco dominates the pack, with $427.6 billion in capital raised over the six-year period.

Despite a challenging funding environment, nearly 20,000 deals closed, highlighting its outsized role in launching tech startups. Both OpenAI and rival Anthropic are headquartered in the city, thanks to its broad pool of tech talent and venture capital firms. Overall, 11,812 startups were based in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2023, equal to about 20% of startups in America.

Falling next in line is New York City, which raised $179.9 billion over the same time period. Crypto firm Gemini and machine learning company, Hugging Face, are two examples of startups based in the city.

As the top-ranking hub outside of America, Beijing is home to TikTok’s parent company, ByteDance, which is one of the most valuable private companies in the world.

In recent years, much of the startup funding in China is being driven by government-backed funds. In particular, these funds are focusing heavily on โ€œhard techโ€ such as semiconductor-makers and electric vehicle companies that align with the governmentโ€™s strategic long-term goals.

Another leading tech hub, Singapore, has the highest venture capital funding per capita worldwide. In 2023, this was equal to an impressive $1,060 in venture funding per person. By comparison, venture funding was $345 per person in the U.S., the second-highest globally.

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