Gendall looks to the future

Future World at Goonhilly
Future World at Goonhilly

Future World, where visitors can help predict what the future may be like in the next 100 years and beyond, has welcomed its 100,000th visitor since opening in 2008.

Based at Goonhilly on the Lizard Peninsula, the concept of Future World was conceived and designed in conjunction with Falmouth-based Gendall Design, who also developed the interactive exhibits such as Project Future, which gathers visitors’ views on the future as part of the largest prediction experiment in history.

And Project Future has revealed that 62% of visitors would be happy to be treated by a robot doctor; petrol cars are the most likely object to disappear by 2050, and that the average age people believe we will live to in the next century will be 105 years old. In addition, people believe humans will be able to travel through time by 2186.

“It is fantastic that Future World is proving so popular,” said Paul Davies, digital design director at Gendall Design.

“The whole concept was designed around being very interactive with lots of emphasis on games and video technology, and the results from Project Future have proved really interesting. As well as gathering information they are educational and entertaining for visitors. At Gendall we have worked on a number of innovative displays for exhibitions and museums but this is certainly a departure from our usual work.”