Last Updated on May 24, 2018
The world will certainly be a better place if the majority of countries borrowed these amazing ideas!
The development level varies from one country to another and each country excels at something so perfectly or so creatively. So why not learn from each other to grow better?
Let’s explore 10 different countries and look at their best ideas to make life easier and better for everyone. It turns out that the future is already here!
The Chinese new railway station, Skytrain, looks like a Chengdu panda and, believe it or not, it took only four months to build. The train is able to travel along the fastest suspension railway line in China, carrying more than 200 passengers with a speed of 37 miles per hour.
Skytrain was actually designed for small towns. Unlike what many people may think, building a hanging network takes less time than the construction of metro tunnels and stations. A suspended commuter railway line only takes 3 to 5 months to be completed.
Garbage waste 0 – Switzerland 1
Switzerland should be taken as a model when it comes to organized cleanliness. In fact, 43 percent of the country’s garbage is recycled in Zurich. You can find different containers for glass, metal, and paper all over the city.
People sort out their garbage carefully because everyone is aware that using less plastic is in everyone’s best interest.
What’s more, the power with which the garbage is burned is used keep more than 100,000 houses warm, while the smoke is cleaned and it leaves the pipes harmlessly. Wait, that’s not all! They take the ash out of the city to extract metals out of it.
Advanced transport and service systems, Japan
The Japanese new Shinkansen (aka the bullet trains) beat all the records with a max speed of 375 miles per hour. These super trains are expected to be released by 2027. It’s truly mind-blowing! Shinkansen will make it possible to cover a distance of 174 miles in about 40 minutes.
Besides the extraordinary trains, robots are getting smarter and more common in Japan. Now, robots can cook delicious pancakes for breakfast and offer you fresh bedclothes when you’re staying in a hotel.
What’s incredibly fantastic though is that robots (The Hybrid Assistive Limb) can make disabled people walk easily and effectively.
The city of the future, South Korea
Songdo IBD was entirely established from scratch, based on the idea of using technologies to offer the maximum comfort. Every resident has their own smart card to benefit from various types of services as well as free rides on public transport.
Amazingly, a data system is connecting the entire city and all cars have RFID marks that offer drivers important information. That’s not all, there are also charging stations for electric vehicles, bicycle paths, parks, exhibition centers, water canals, skyscrapers, and much more. Additionally, the city is declared a free economic zone.
Maggie Daley Play Garden, USA
This park in Chicago is every kid’s dream thanks to its various incredible attractions. For instance, The Harbor hosts a water-splashing whale and spy glasses, The Slide Crater offers numerous slides and towers connected by an immense suspension bridge. Moreover, there’s minigolf, a spinning boulder, and a mirror labyrinth.
The Sea area invites you to onboard a ship with ropes, stairs, and a steering wheel, while The Enchanted Forest offers a fabulous atmosphere with pathways between upside-down trees that lead up to a tea-drinking table.
The best roads in the world, Germany
One word: Perfection! The German highways serve up to half a century without needing any repairs, while the repair is more like construction from scratch. The technology of road-making in Germany resembles the strongest layered cake ever!
The intensive process of making highways start at 5 a.m. and by the end of every day, one km of road is perfectly completed. Additionally, the technologies used reduce the roads’ noise level as well as their cost.
The most amazing part is that these eco-friendly roads don’t produce toxic gases when exposed to heat and they’re so safe that only 50 percent actually recommend a speed limit.
New image for buildings, Austria
The amazing Graz Art Museum “Kunsthaus”, also called a Friendly Alien, is situated in Graz, Austria, and it obviously stands out among the city’s ordinary, old buildings. The designers say this is a type of communication between tradition and novelty.
Another strange, yet great building in Austria is the Spittelau waste incineration plant. It’s a unique combination of energy, waste, and art. They use the energy from the heating plant to keep over 60,000 apartments warm, and it has even become a tourist attraction.
Polymer banknotes, Australia
Australians have stopped gluing or taping up their damaged money since the 80s. Those weak papers were replaced by strong and water-resistant money, aka polymer banknotes, which became popular immediately after they were released.
However, the Reserve Bank took polymer banknotes to the next level and created animated Australian banknotes. This alone is enough reason to visit this continent.
By the way, many countries are also planning to switch to new, better banknotes.
3D zebra crossing, Iceland
Officials in Ísafjörður have decided to develop a more creative and effective pedestrian crossing. The painters turned ordinary stripes into cool 3-dimensional ones. At first, the strips seem like they’re flying. It’s a truly ingenious work of art.
Moreover, the idea was proven to be practical as drivers usually notice this creative crossing faster than the regular one.
Greenhouse evolution, the Netherlands
Amazingly, this country witnesses a new licensed invention approximately every 20 minutes at Eindhoven University. Although small, the Netherlands takes 2nd place in product export, is a champion in the production of onions and tomatoes, and owns 50 percent the world’s flower market.
All of these great things and more exist thanks to the greenhouses, which are found in backyards, cities, and houses. What’s incredible is that farmers use 0 pesticides and have decreased dependence on water by 90 percent over the past 2 decades.
The agriculture in the Netherlands is organized with one thing in mind: to produce more products using less energy and land. (Planet Earth is grateful!)