By 2030, public transportation was mainly Automated and Driverless. The Transport Duopoly Board cited this as a victory for technology and productivity: ‘We spend much less time maintaining machines than people.’
The Pods Network uses dynamic allocation to match passengers and locations. Transfer between pods is sometimes required but minimized. Security was ensured as the Pods screened passengers and destinations based on Brain Booster or ID chip data. This also allowed the optimum route and passenger allocation to be calculated, thereby reducing traffic and wastage.
The Pod design won numerous awards for its application of advanced North Korean ergonomics.
By the late 2020s, nations globally were mired in numerous ‘diplomatic’ escalations. Military skirmishes sprang up regularly between countries and alliances. Countries which were allies on some issues were in conflict on others. Inexplicably, academics advised that the ‘best course of action’ was for all nations to openly declare World War 3. And quite incredibly, they were right. All military actions were put on hold while politicians tried to pass various motions in parliament.
Recognizing its value, nations maintain the impasse to this day, with regular rounds of expensive summits. But no actual fighting.
A natural evolution of the eco-friendly architectural movement, buildings ‘inspired by nature’ became popular. This often meant structures shaped like plants and fruits . The ‘Durian’ Concert Hall on the Singapore waterfront was among the earliest examples. The School Hall for the esteemed Margaret Drive School was another masterpiece of the genre.
For years, debate on child education focussed on tailoring programs to suit individuals. This proved futile due to the number of programs required, and the effort to administer them.
A think tank of Singapore scholars proposed to “reverse engineer a level playing field”. The desired level of school performance would be standardized and students would be boosted to achieve them. This was enabled by a new technology called Parallel Synapse Programming (PSP), whereby mental performance could be amplified to predetermined levels. This was the technology used in what became the Brain Boosters.
The policy for Development Utilizing Mental Boosters was implemented in 2025. Singapore was the pioneer and remains the only country to implement such a policy. School curricula were standardized, and children were required to wear Brain Boosters up to the age of 16. As a result, all kids score 95% for exams. Home tuition was eliminated. It has also been noted that Singaporean kids are “very different”.