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A Day in the Hyperloop Life

What would life in a Hyperloop connected world be like? How would this revolutionary and superfast transportation solution change our lives and our work?

Obviously nobody knows what the effects of a new technology will be until it is widely adopted. Since Hyperloop is either in early testing stages or the drawing board right now all we can use is our imagination.

Such thought experiments are important because the ramifications and impact of this technology is far greater than you might think. Therefore I’ll put together a few sketches about some of the potential effects of Hyperloop on everyday life below:

A Day in the Hyperloop Life One

You live in Santa Fe, New Mexico, but you work in Denver, Colorado. You get up like normal at six a.m., take your jog, go home eat breakfast, then take the Hyperloop to the office in Denver. You reach the office in Downtown Denver around 9:00 a.m.

Before you leave for work you order dinner; from your favorite restaurant in Chicago, on GrubHub. The restaurant ships the meal around 2 p.m. and it arrives in Santa Fe around 4:00 p.m. An Uber driver drops the meal off at your house just as you get home from work around 6:00 p.m.

You also ordered some new shirts from Bonobos and some underwear from Amazon during your morning break at work. Those are also waiting for you when get home.

During the morning you remember you forgot your mother’s birthday. So you buy her a present and ship it from the UPS store during your lunch break. The present arrives at your mother’s house in Miami that evening.

Day in the Hyperloop Life Two

You live in Atlanta and it’s your eight year old son’s birthday. He wants to go to Disneyworld, so the family gets up eats breakfast and takes an Uber to the Hyperloop station around 9:00 a.m.

The family takes the Hyperloop to Orlando, spends a day with Mickey, Captain America and Darth Vader, and leaves around five. You get home in plenty of time to eat dinner and catch that night’s Braves game on TV.

Day in the Hyperloop Life Three and Four

You live in Boston and you’re a huge Red Sox fan. Your favorite team is playing in Pittsburgh that night. You get off early from work at 4:30 and take the Hyperloop to the steel city. Once there you have dinner at the brew pub, catch the game and return home in time to get eight hours of sleep.

The next day you go to the Hyperloop station to meet Aunt Ethel and Uncle Fred. They’re traveling from a winter home in Florida to their usual summer place in Alaska in a Hyperloop condo.

The condo is an apartment inside a pod in which Fred and Ethel live. Once in Alaska the pod will be stored at a “Hyperloop Hotel” near Fairbanks for the summer. That will enable Uncle Fred to live within walking distance of his favorite trout stream.

After taking Fred and Ethel to lunch and showing them around Boston, you “hitch” a ride to Montreal in their condo. You have a business appointment in Montreal, which you wrap up in a couple of hours. Once done you take the Hyperloop back to Boston and sleep in your own bed.

Day in the Hyperloop Life Five

You and your spouse live in Scranton but you want to have dinner at your favorite restaurant in Manhattan. You get off work take the Hyperloop to Manhattan, eat and catch that new Broadway show you’ve heard about then go home to sleep in your own bed.

Day in the Hyperloop Six and Seven

You live in Boston, but you want to get in some skiing in Vail. On Friday you go to work like normal but instead of going home at five you go to the Hyperloop station.

There you board a “Hyperloop Hotel” pod; you and your spouse eat dinner on the pod, then get a good night’s sleep. You wake up in Vail ready to hit the powder.

After enjoying two days of skiing in Vail, you and your spouse take the pod back to Boston on Sunday night. You get home in plenty of time to reach the office at 9:00 a.m. on Monday morning.

Day in the Hyperloop Life Eight

You live in Brooklyn, but you want more space; so you do decide to go check out some real estate for sale in Rochester. You leave around eight a.m., visit the property and get back to the Brooklyn around noon just in time for lunch at your favorite restaurant.

That night you have a hot date; with a girl who lives in Washington D.C. You take the Hyperloop to the District; take her out to a restaurant in Georgetown, then return home to sleep in your own bed around midnight.

A Day in the Hyperloop Life Nine

You live in Chicago but you want to fly to London for a business appointment and to see Arsenal play football.

You get up in the morning, eat breakfast and take the Hyperloop to St. Louis Lambert International Airport which serves as British Airway’s Midwest Hub. Hyperloop gets you there in plenty of time for your flight.

Instead of flying directly to London, British Air takes you to Manchester Airport. Once there you take a Hyperloop to Euston Station, and catch an Uber to your hotel from there.

These are just a few glimpses of what the Hyperloop Life might be like. As you can see it will be incredibly disruptive. The implications are startling and we’d better start thinking about them now because we might be living the Hyperloop Life in just a couple of decades.