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2030-2039
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2030-2039

• The High-Definition Space Telescope (HDST) is operational |

2030

• Global population is reaching crisis point | • Desalination has exploded in use | • "Smart grid" technology is widespread in developed nations | • The USA is declining as a world power | • An interstellar message arrives at Luyten's Star | • Depression is the number one global disease burden | • Child mortality is approaching 2% globally | • The Muslim population has increased significantly | • Full weather modelling is perfected | • Orbital space junk is becoming a major problem for space flight | • Jupiter Icy Moon Explorer (JUICE) reaches the Jovian system | • The UK space industry has quadrupled in size | • The Lockheed Martin SR-72 enters service | • A new generation of military helicopters | • Hyper-fast crime scene analysis | • Half of America's shopping malls have closed | • Emerging job titles of today | • Cargo Sous Terrain becomes operational in Switzerland |

2031

• India has begun phasing out hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) | • Much of Bangkok is being abandoned due to flooding | • Global reserves of lead are running out | • Perennial wheat and corn are becoming profitable | • Web 4.0 is transforming the Internet landscape | • Stem cell pharmacies are commonplace | • Married couples are a minority in the UK | • Chocolate has become a rare luxury |

2032

• The majority of UK homes are rented | • Britain's ash trees have been wiped out by a fungal disease | • Leatherback sea turtles are on the verge of extinction | • China's space station is deorbited | • 4th generation nuclear power | • One-third of Saudi Arabia's electricity comes from solar | • Terabit internet speeds are commonplace | • Britain upgrades its nuclear-armed submarine fleet |

2033

• Crewed mission to Phobos | • Mining operations in the main asteroid belt | • Peak phosphorus is reached | • Hypersonic airliners are entering service | • The final phase of Britain's HS2 rail link is completed | • Holographic wall screens | • Lung disease in China has killed over 80 million by now | • Five-year survival rates for kidney cancer are approaching 100% |

2034-2044

• Ectogenesis is transforming reproductive rights |

2034

• Service robots number a billion worldwide | • The Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA) is launched | • Switzerland phases out nuclear energy | • Caribbean coral reefs are in danger of being wiped out | • Coastal erosion has destroyed hundreds of UK homes | • A major supermoon occurs |

2035-2075

• The Very Large Hadron Collider is operational |

2035-2045

• The first definitive evidence of life beyond Earth |

2035-2040

• The final collapse of the European Union | • Russia is a global food superpower | • Swarm robotics are reaching the nanometre scale | • Establishment of the first manned lunar bases |

2035

• Millennials are enjoying an inheritance boom | • Lion populations in Africa have declined by half | • World tin reserves are running out | • Distributed propulsion systems are revolutionising air travel | • Self-driving vehicles dominate the roads | • Holographic recreations of dead people | • Robots are dominating the battlefield | • London's population exceeds 10 million | • Norway's underwater suspended tunnels are completed | • The global airline fleet has doubled |

2036-2060

• Breakthrough Starshot obtains images of Alpha Centauri |

2036-2040

• Transhuman sports competitors |

2036

• Hepatitis C has become a rare disease in the U.S. | • In-vitro meat is a mature industry | • Alzheimer's disease is fully curable | • Detailed probing and mapping of the Kuiper Belt is underway | • Lemurs are on the brink of extinction |

2037

• Total solar eclipse in Australia and New Zealand | • The U.S. Air Force introduces a new stealth bomber | • America's sixth-generation fighter jet enters service |

2038

• Older computers are at risk of experiencing major software malfunctions | • The New Horizons probe is 100 AU from the Sun | • Capital punishment has greatly declined in use | • Teleportation of complex organic molecules | • The FIFA World Cup trophy is replaced | • The space industry exceeds $1tn worldwide |

2039

• Full immersion virtual reality | • The world's first trillionaire | • Manufacturing jobs have largely disappeared in the West | • Australia's national symbol, the Koala, faces extinction | • Five-year survival rates for leukaemia are approaching 100% | • Extreme heatwaves are commonplace in the U.S. |

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