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9th August 2021

Supercomputers – future predictions

Future predictions of supercomputing power are presented here. This graph shows how these machines have developed from the early 1990s through to the present day, with a predicted future trend to 2055.

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28th March 2021

Virtual reality – future trends

The quality of VR headsets has improved exponentially since the 1990s. These graphs illustrate how the rapid improvements are likely to continue in the coming decades, with graphical resolutions practically indistinguishable from real life by 2040.

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1st December 2020

Quantum coherence times, 2000-2040

Coherence times in quantum computing have increased by orders of magnitude since the early 2000s. If this exponential progress continues, coherence times measured in seconds or even minutes could be achieved in the near future.

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8th November 2020

China – carbon emissions, 1950-2060

China has pledged to go carbon neutral by 2060. This graph shows how it might achieve that long-term goal.

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29th December 2019

Units of time – orders of magnitude

The diagram here shows different measurements of time – from a yoctosecond (extremely short), to a yottasecond (extremely long), with a midpoint of one second.

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19th November 2019

World electricity sources, 1990-2100

This graph shows the progress in clean energy from 1990 to 2100. It suggests that fossil fuels could be obsolete for generating electricity by 2078.

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11th August 2019

Bionic eye technology, 2000-2050

This graph shows the progress in bionic eye technology. It suggests that a retinal implant with pixel resolution equivalent to a human eye could be achieved by 2048.

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16th June 2019

Global meat consumption by type, 2025-2055

This graph shows the rapid change in meat production over the coming decades.

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6th June 2019

Urban population, 1950-2100

On current trends, around 68% of people are expected to live in urban areas by 2050 and 85% by 2100.

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30th March 2019

Cellular frequencies, 1980-2040

This graph shows the progress in mobile cellular frequency ranges, from the first generation in the 1980s to the sixth generation that is predicted for the 2030s.

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