30th April 2021
2080-2085 – NASA's Interstellar Probe reaches 1,000 AU
The Interstellar Probe is a very long-term and long-range mission to explore beyond the edge of the Solar System further than any previous spacecraft.
21st April 2021
2030 – 8K VR headsets are common
8K displays (amounting to 33 MP of resolution per eye) are a fairly standard feature of virtual reality in 2030.
15th April 2021
180,000,000 AD – Earth has a 25 hour day
By the year 180,000,000 AD, incremental changes in the gravitational interaction between Earth and the Moon have extended the length of Earth's day by one hour.
3,000,000 AD – Earth's day has been lengthened by one minute
By the year 3,000,000 AD, incremental changes in the gravitational interaction between Earth and the Moon have extended the length of Earth's day by one minute.
52,000 AD – Earth's day has been lengthened by one second
By the year 52,000 AD, incremental changes in the gravitational interaction between Earth and the Moon have extended the length of Earth's day by one second.
5th April 2021
2033-2035 – Quantum computers are cracking RSA-2048 keys
By now, quantum computers are becoming so powerful – and with such long coherence times – that they can unlock previously high-level encryption systems with hundreds of digits in a matter of seconds.
1st April 2021
2030 – 100 terabyte HDDs reach consumer level
By 2030, new innovations in data density have more than quintupled the maximum storage available for home PCs.
23rd March 2021
2086 – Hinkley Point C is decommissioned
[Moved from 2083 to 2086, based on latest known schedule]
2026 – The Hinkley Point C nuclear power station is operational
[Moved from 2023 to 2026, based on latest known schedule]
8th March 2021
2028 – Completion of the Lunar Gateway
[Updated with latest known details]
6th March 2021
2035-2040 – Establishment of the first permanent lunar base
[This prediction has been updated, to distinguish it from China's own separate lunar base.]
2036-2045 – The International Lunar Research Station (ILRS) establishes long-term human operations
The International Lunar Research Station (ILRS) is a Moon base constructed at the lunar south pole, initially uncrewed and robotic but later involving humans on increasingly long duration stays.
2030 – China's Long March 9 rocket begins lunar missions
The Long March 9 forms a pivotal part of China's lunar operations, not only for sending astronauts on short duration missions but also for establishing a more permanent presence.
28th February 2021
2099 – All newborns have a median artery of the forearm
By the end of the 21st century, micro-evolution of the human forearm has resulted in all newborns now having a persistent median artery.
21st February 2021
2030 – Completion of Saudi Vision 2030
By 2030, a long-term strategic framework is realised by Saudi Arabia, which includes the growth of a new hi-tech sustainable city known as "The Line".
4th February 2021
2040 – A pan-European hydrogen network has emerged
By 2040, much of western Europe has established a "backbone" for the transport of hydrogen, now a mature industry.
24th January 2021
2110 – Room-temperature superconductors are in widespread use
In 2110, the world is being transformed by new devices and components able to function without electrical resistance and with expulsion of magnetic field lines at room temperatures.
11th January 2021
2028 – China's economy surpasses that of the U.S.
In 2028, China overtakes the United States in gross domestic product (GDP) to become the world's largest economy.
3rd January 2021
2026 – The first uncrewed exploration of a lunar lava tube
In 2026, British company Spacebit conducts the third in a series of missions to the Moon using its four-legged robots.
2023 – Spider-like robots explore the Moon's surface
In 2023, four spider-like robots are sent to look for the presence of lava tubes on the Moon.
2021 – The first legged robot on the Moon
Asagumo is a spider-like robot designed to explore the Moon's surface.
22nd December 2020
2063 – China is carbon neutral
By 2063, China has fully transformed its energy system and is carbon neutral.
6th December 2020
27,000 AD – The Arecibo message arrives at M13
An interstellar radio message, beamed from Earth in 1974, is finally reaching its destination.
24th November 2020
2027 – Completion of the Australia–ASEAN Power Link
In 2027, a clean energy megaproject is completed that includes the world's largest solar plant, the world's largest battery, and the world's longest submarine power cable.
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