It’s the year 2050
You step outside your house and wave at the postal carrier as he drives by. It’s sunny out, and the trees around you sway from a light breeze. You can see the community windmills spinning in the distance, complimented by rows of giant solar panels. Briefcase in hand, you step into your electric car, turn it on, and make your way downtown.
Your vehicle is soundless, making your commute smooth and peaceful. The traffic around you is equally discrete. Buses and trains glide briskly from stop to stop, picking up conscientious passengers and carrying them to their destinations without any carbon emissions. The roadway is full of autonomous cars, taxis and buses. As you navigate through the city center, you notice people enjoying the morning in the community garden.
On the surface it looks like a normal park– beautifully landscaped with trees, flowers, boulders, ponds and bridges– surrounding a very sizable greenhouse. There are children playing and birds chirping. It’s an appealing location, but nothing seems out of the ordinary.