2020: Mind-Reading Machines Enter Production- Machines that can read your mind might sound like something from a distant, sci-fi fantasy, but if scientists meet their planned schedule, we should start seeing the first telepathic machines announced within the next 12 months.
2021: Mass Production of Self-Driving Cars Begins-Self-driving cars have already hit the market, but they're hardly ubiquitous. Today, owning a car that can drive you to work is usually a luxury reserved for the wealthy few — but all that's going to change in 2021
2022: Solar-Powered Commercial Airlines Become Available-In 2022, Eviation Aircraft plans on releasing the world's first fully-electric commercial airliner. One team of pilots has already circled the world an electric plane. But in 2022, we're going to start seeing zero-emissions, electric airplanes charged with solar panels become a real option for every flight we take.
2023: The Global Economy Crashes- We're in the midst of the longest economic expansion in American history. Sooner or later, there's going to have to be another recession. And if the Global Business Policy Council is right, the hardest days are going to hit us in 2023. They've predicted that we're going to start seeing economic growth slow and that it's not going to pick up again until after 2023. As that happens, our growing debt is going to become a bigger and bigger risk for the global economy, and we'll start seeing nations with emerging markets defaulting on their debts.
2024: The First Manned Mission to Mars-2024 is going to be the year we put a man on Mars. It's the year that Elon Musk's Space X program plans on sending its first rockets to Mars.In 2024, the orbits of Earth and Mars will be aligned in a way that allows for the easiest possible interplanetary voyage.
2025: Scientists Gain The Ability To Fix The Human Brain-In 2013, the US government announced the BRAIN Initiative: a plan to map out and understand the activity inside of the human brain by the year 2025. It's expected that the research will allow us to scan a human brain and identify mental health issues like PTSD and depression, and — if things go well — they may even allow neuroscientists to fix them.
2026: Doctors Learn To Reverse Aging In Human Hearts -Cardiovascular disease is still the leading cause of death in the United States. In 2026, the Harvard Stem Cell Institute expects to make finish clinical tries on their research into reversing the aging of the human heart. They've identified a protein that, when injected into aging mice, can reduce the thickening of the walls of their hearts.
2027: Developing Nations Overtake the US Economy-By 2026, Goldman Sachs predicts that China will overtake the United States as the world's largest economy. But the change in power won't stop with China. The other major emerging markets are coming with them.By 2027, they believe, the BRICs countries — Brazil, Russia, India, and China — will have a higher combined GDP than the G7 nations.
2028: Scientists Begin Resurrecting Extinct Species-By 2028, scientists believe that they'll have the ability to revive extinct species.Scientists are already working on several different approaches to de-extinction. Some are trying to use the genetic material of extinct animals to make an exact clone, while others are using selective breeding or genetic tweaks to try to replicate them from their nearest living relatives.
2029: The Global Population Reaches A Crisis Point-By the end of 2029, the human population is expected to reach 8.5 billion people. Running out of food and water is going to become a very real problem — and in 2029, humanity's going to start to realize just how big of a problem it is.