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Welcome to the future! We present a speculative timeline of future history. Part fact and part fiction, the timeline is based on detailed research – including analysis of current trends, long-term environmental impacts, advances in technology such as Moore's Law, future medicine, geopolitical changes and much more. Where possible, references are provided to support the predictions. FutureTimeline is a collaborative, ongoing project – we welcome ideas from scientists, futurists, inventors, writers and anyone else who is interested in futurology.

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21st century

An increasingly globalised humanity is faced with climate change, dwindling resources, overpopulation and technological upheaval.

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22nd century

Diverging paths for humans and transhumans, eco-technic societies dominate the globe, colonisation of space accelerates.

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The Far Future

Post-biological humanity begins to spread throughout the Galaxy, transforming dead worlds into computational substrates.

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Beyond...

A future timeline of the Universe and its ultimate fate.

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17th January 2018

2021 – The ExoMars rover touches down on Mars

Originally planned for launch in 2018, the ExoMars rover was delayed until the next available launch window. After a journey of nine months, it arrives on the Red Planet in April 2021.

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8th January 2018

2019 – The James Webb Space Telescope is launched

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7th January 2018

2018 – The first image of a black hole

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6th January 2018

2018 – The CHEOPS telescope is deployed to study exoplanets

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6th January 2018

2018 – Launch of the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS)

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17th January 2018

AI beats humans at reading and comprehension test

Artificial intelligence developed by Microsoft and Alibaba has achieved better average performance on a Stanford University reading and comprehension test than human beings.

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16th January 2018

Iceland to go plastic-free by 2023

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15th January 2018

New method to map miniature brain circuits

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12th January 2018

Accelerating the production of stem cells through automation: "A giant leap in regenerative medicine"

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11th January 2018

Record year for climate and weather-related disasters in the U.S.

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18th December 2017

Personal service robot population, 2000-2050

This graph shows past, present and estimated future numbers of personal service robots operational around the world.

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