Microorganisms are key ecological actors. They play a significant role in the sustainability of ecosystems and the health of all organisms, human and non-human. But despite that, they are often disregarded or deliberately removed in the design of our cities.
Future labs foster human-microbe collaboration
- Citizens may need homemade labs for working with microorganisms to create resources.
- Collaboration with non-humans may promote empathy and change mental health assessment and treatment.
- Future envisions individuals actively utilizing microorganisms and recognizing importance of non-human entities.
In the future, it is possible that every citizen will be required to have their own homemade laboratory in urban areas. These laboratories would allow people to work with microorganisms and other non-human entities to create food, energy, and other resources. This shift towards collaboration with non-humans may encourage a greater sense of empathy towards them. Additionally, there could be changes in the way mental well-being and mental disorders are assessed in medicine. There might be a greater emphasis on the gut-brain axis and the composition of microorganisms in our bodies. This could lead to a reevaluation of how mental disorders are understood and treated. Overall, these potential developments suggest a future where individuals have a more active role in harnessing the power of microorganisms and where the importance of non-human entities is recognized in various aspects of life, from resource production to mental health.