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21st July 2021

2032 – Brisbane hosts the Summer Olympic Games

In July and August 2032, Australia hosts the summer Olympic Games for the third time in its history.

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7th July 2021

2034 – EnVision makes orbital insertion at Venus

EnVision, a spacecraft developed by the European Space Agency, is the latest in a series of missions sent to study Venus during the 2030s.

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29th June 2021

2057 – Smart clothing is a trillion-dollar industry

Having been a small and niche segment of the market in earlier decades, smart clothes are now becoming ubiquitous in many apparel and footwear ranges.

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22nd June 2021

2067 – Fully automated container vessels at 50,000 TEU

Container ships have continued to grow in size over the decades. The largest are now reaching half a kilometre in length and carry more than twice the capacity of vessels in 2020.

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19th June 2021

2028 – Completion of the Brenner Base Tunnel

In 2028, the Brenner Base Tunnel becomes the longest underground railway connection in the world, linking Scandinavia with the Mediterranean.

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6th June 2021

2031 – DAVINCI+ lands on Venus

DAVINCI+ is a robotic spacecraft sent to investigate the atmosphere of Venus. Having launched in 2029 and performed a series of flybys, it deploys a descent sphere in 2031.

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6th June 2021

2029-2032 – DAVINCI+ mission to Venus

Deep Atmosphere Venus Investigation of Noble gases, Chemistry, and Imaging, Plus (DAVINCI+) is a probe to study the atmosphere of Venus. The mission includes a descent sphere to the surface.

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5th June 2021

2028-2031 – VERITAS mission to Venus

Venus Emissivity, Radio Science, InSAR, Topography and Spectroscopy (VERITAS) is a three-year mission conducted by NASA to study the planet Venus.

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31st May 2021

2042 – 16K virtual reality is mainstream

By the early 2040s, the audio-visual aspects of VR have been largely perfected for mainstream use, with a level of immersion that offers a near-perfect imitation of the real world. [Update of an earlier prediction for 2039. This new version is more grounded in reality and current trends, while retaining the potential for nanobots further down the line.]

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18th May 2021

2038 – Re-emergence of Brood X cicadas

In 2038, the world's largest insect swarm re-emerges after a period of 17 years, affecting much of the eastern US.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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15th April 2021

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.

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